Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Wednesday May 16, 2018

Misinforming the Solar System

The guys over at the Arch Mission, that sent a series of science fiction books into space on Falcon Heavy's Tesla, are at it again. This time the foundation is sending out a library full of Wikipedia entries into the depths of space in 2020, but this time only as far as our moon. This time they are sending it in the form of tiny little etched pages.

Astrobotic will carry the Lunar Library to the Moon on its Peregrine Lunar Lander and store it on the lunar surface. Astrobotic’s inaugural lunar mission is set for launch in 2020 and will include a manifest of payloads from governments, companies, universities, non-profits, and individuals.

The Lunar Library consists of a set of tens of millions of pages of text and images stored as analog microfiche on thin sheets of nickel. Each page is etched by laser at 300,000 dpi using patented nanolithography technology provided exclusively to the Arch Mission Foundation by Stamper Technology. The content of the Library can easily be read via a 1000x magnification optical microscope, without needing a computer. Nickel is impervious to radiation as well as the changing temperatures on the Moon, and can last for millions to billions of years in space.

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