Scientists want to send 6.7 million sperm samples to Moon in Doomsday plan

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Scientists reckon we should build a space ark to send 6.7 million sperm and egg samples to the Moon in a Doomsday plan.

University of Arizona researchers described their whacky idea as a "modern global insurance policy" in case life is wiped out on Earth.

It would be see cryogenically-frozen batches travel 239,000 miles to be stored in a "lunar pit" vault beneath the satellite's surface, according to reports.

They said the lunar ark could help us repopulate our planet following a catastrophic disaster such as a deadly epidemic, a super volcanic eruption, a large-scale nuclear war, widespread drought, or an asteroid.

It would supposedly work like the "Doomsday" seed vault which holds more than a million crop samples from almost every country in the world in Svalbard, Norway, the New York Times reports.

Study author Jekan Thangavelautham said the facility could be "filled with samples" in 250 flights to the moon.

That's about six times as the 40 it took to build the International Space Station.

The scientists also suggested to power the facility with solar panels to stop the samples from freezing or welding together in the sub-zero temperatures beneath the surface of the moon.

The team of six researchers presented their idea at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Aerospace Conference.

Dr Thangavelautham said: "Earth is naturally a volatile environment" as he argued the gigantic sperm and egg bank could be destroyed if kept on Earth.

According to their calculations, sending samples of sperm, eggs, spores, and seeds of some 6.7 million species to be kept in the moon was a potentially feasible operation.

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Researcher Álvaro Díaz-Flores Caminero, who led the thermal analysis for the project, told IFL Science spoke to that projects like these bring mankind "closer to becoming a space civilization, and to a not-very-distant future where humankind will have bases on the Moon and Mars."

"Multidisciplinary projects are hard due to their complexity, but I think the same complexity is what makes them beautiful," he said.

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