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LifeShip

FAQ

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Here are some of the things people frequently ask about LifeShip.
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How does my DNA get to the Moon?

You go on a rocket shared with a dozen NASA missions that is scheduled to blast-off in 2021. Your DNA gets included in the Arch Mission payload. You launch on a ULA rocket as part of the Astrobotic Peregrine lunar lander. 

You launch out of Cape Canaveral. The lander's destination is Lacus Mortis near the North pole of the Moon.

How is my DNA stored?

Your DNA is extracted from your cells and preserved in an artificial amber polymer. Thousands of copies of your DNA are included and it is designed to be recoverable for over 10,000 years.

What could my DNA get used for in the future?

Your DNA gets preserved for the future. Some possibilities of what it could get used for are:

  1. a backup drive to revive lost species and repopulate the Earth as it is today.
  2. a record of humanity and Earth to be found by a future civilization.
  3. the code taken with a future civilization on a journey to the stars to create a new world. 

We believe it makes sense to save an off-world backup of life today. It is a step towards bringing more redundancy to our single-planet existence. 

What about my privacy? What else do you do with my DNA?

We care about your privacy. We won't sequence your DNA so do not even know your genetic code. We keep only a physical sample to go in space archives. We won't sell your DNA or otherwise give out your DNA.

What about Planetary Protection and contaminating space?

We care deeply about protecting space, both because it is fundamentally right and so scientists can learn about the origins of life. We follow internationally-observed space protocols. NASA has recently clarified Planetary Protection protocols for the Moon and allows biological missions to everywhere but the ice covered regions near the poles.

How long will my DNA last?

We estimate your genetic code will be recoverable for over 10,000 years. Radiation shielding is added to protect your DNA, though it will still degrade over time. Thousands of your cells are included for redundancy. 

How will I know what's going on?

You will see each step of the mission — from how the DNA is processed to the final lunar landing. You will get explorer updates and videos about the mission throughout the entire journey. You will see how the DNA gets processed. You will see how it is stored. You will see it on the rocket. You will get to watch the launch and landing live. 

What if the rocket or lander has an accident?

Space is hard. Rockets do explode and landers occasionally crash. If we are unable to get you to the Moon, then you will go again on our next mission for free.

Why send my DNA to the Moon or space?

 

You get to be part of the excitement of space exploration. By contributing your genetic code, you join a purposeful mission to save a record of humanity.

You'll leave behind a record of you and write a lasting legacy of your existence into the galactic story of humanity.