Scientists suggest building a human vault in the moon. | Photo credit: Representative image
Looking at the danger that threatens the earth, scientists now propose to deposit sperm and eggs of around 6.7 million species in order to create a “sperm bank” on the moon.
Called a “modern global insurance policy,” this “ark” will be created under the moon’s surface and stored there at cryogenic temperatures.
This is done as a precaution. At present, our planet is facing the wrath of environmental degradation such as climate change, as well as other natural calamities. Not only that, several animals and birds around the world are endangered and could be extinct.
Therefore, this measure could be used in a global disaster that could affect just about anyone, such as a nuclear war, supervolcano, asteroid impact, or a deadly pandemic.
This was discussed in a study by an assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Arizona named Jekan Thanga. He wrote about it in a YouTube video that he uploaded to his page called “Lunar Pits and Lava Tubes for a Modern Ark”.
Calling the earth a “naturally volatile environment,” he said that sperm and egg deposition will not last long due to the vulnerability of our planet. Therefore, Thanga suggested that a similar safe should be launched on the moon. The cells will be stored in pits.
He also added that they descend 80 to 100 yards underground, making them the perfect shelter for the same.
However, this arch idea is not exactly a new invention. On the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the island of Spitsbergen and stores seeds of plants.