The precarious state of the Earth has been alarming to scientists. With natural disasters, and droughts posing as a risk on our planet, scientists have found a unique to preserve life. Space is the answer. The calamities could occur anytime; the engineers are ready to save the Earth using sperm and ova, find out how!
A Sperm Bank On The Moon
Ever since space exploration has begun, there has been a vision for humans trying to find settlement in space. With the environmental conditions rapidly changing, pollution levels have gone up increasing our carbon footprint. This has created havoc as people are concerned about the future of the species. Scientists were quick on their feet as they have started planning to colonize other planets.
Scientists are keen on building habitats on other planets of the solar system and the Moon. It isn’t an ideal place to live but down the line, it could be a storage unit for resources. The New York Post reported that scientists have come up with the idea to establish a lunar gene bank that would house the reproductive cells, sperm, and egg samples of 6.7 million Earth species which would include humans.
The bank is referred to as an ‘ark’ that will be built beneath the surface of the moon. This process is seen as a ‘modern global insurance policy’ as it would preserve the various species in times of disaster, spooky. The cryogenically-frozen sperm and other germ cells will be stored in the ark. The ark is a contingency plan if things go out of control on Earth or if a mass extinction occurs.
The Modern Ark Can Preserve Species
Jenkan Thanga and five other scientists at the University of Arizona proposed the setting up of the lunar gene bank. The team of scientists proposed the report ‘Lunar Pits and Lava Tubes for a Modern Ark’ at the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Aerospace conference.
Thanga has stated in their report that the earth has become a naturally volatile environment so the shipping of millions of sperm and egg samples would be kept for safekeeping. He reiterated that it would act as a cross planetary of sorts by starting a human seed vault on the moon.
Lunar Pits Save The Day
In his presentation, he mentioned that in times of global devastation, these samples would be cryogenically saved until technology advances and then the species would be reintroduced. The cells would be stored in ‘lunar pits’ in the ground which would lead to the ‘lava tubes’ on the moon. The concept of lunar pits was recently discovered by them. They believe that lava flowed from it billions of years ago. The pits were the right size to store the cells as they would be 80-100 meters underground.
The pits would be perfect to provide shelter from the surface of the moon that endures temperature switches. The pits will be a safe haven from meteorites and space radiation as well, a perfect spot all in all.
Thanga was concerned about how many plants and animals were endangered. He spoke about it in his presentation citing the eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Toba 75,000 years ago which took a 1000-year cooling period. He says how it aligns with a drop in human diversity which we don’t fully understand yet.
Gene Banks Aren’t New But Effective
The concept of the gene bank isn’t new as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean houses plant seeds in their facility. The vault holds up to 992,000 samples which is a lot- each contains 500 seeds. This unique facility idea was taken up by Thanga and his team.
It was a cost-effective mission according to Thanga’s back-of-an-envelope estimation. It would require 250 rocket launches to transport 50 samples of each species which isn’t too bad. What is fascinating is that it would take 40 launches to build the International Space Station. It will be challenging to see how the shipping and protection of the sperm on the moon will happen. Thanga will be using quantum levitation so the sperm can be fixed in place without freezing or damaging the structures around them.
Scientists have decided to repopulate the planet by taking sperm and ova to the moon. Thanga relates the on-going loss of diversity to extinction that occurred on the Earth previously and wishes to preserve species as much as he can.
The Earth could anytime face extinction because climate change poses a huge threat and scientists have begun preserving humanity, one step at a time. Well, it is interesting to watch this unfold.