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

Harvey Broughton

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.

Image credit: Lunar Missions Ltd

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."

Harvey Broughton
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