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How to keep your photos and videos safe: put them on the Moon

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The perfect vacuum

"It's the perfect vacuum," says David Iron, CEO of Lunar Missions Ltd and the founder of Lunar Mission One.

"We will deep-drill into the Moon to create a hole with wonderful environmental qualities for preservation, probably better than anywhere else – it's -150 C down there, there's literally zero atmosphere, and whatever goes down the hole could survive a very, very long time."

The billion-year archive

LM1 will bury two archives – one for private individuals, and one global database publicly assembled over the next decade, a lot like the internet.

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As well as storing their digital files, archivists can also submit their DNA code in the form of a single strand of hair, which will be permanently tagged with an individual's personal details.

Organising the competition and choosing the final design/concept/idea will be down to the British Interplanetary Society, which is holding a Lunar Mission One event in June 2016.

"It's an opportunity to use an existing idea for a space-science mission to deep-drill on the Moon," says Iron, "because there are good scientific reasons for driving beyond a couple of metres."

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