A REVOLUTIONARY project is in the pipeline which will see scientists send human DNA to other star systems as a ‘back-up’ for the human species.
As fears mount the humanity’s time on Earth is limited, scientists are making contingency plans by setting up a cosmic CLOUD of human data.
As it stands, experts neither have the technological capability or the knowledge of how to mass-transfer the human race to a nearby habitable planet – with the closest being 14 light years away (one light year is equal to 5,878,499,810,000 miles).
This is why some are looking at the possibility of using the Universe as a sort of ‘cosmic cloud’ to back up data of the human race for when we do meet our inevitable end.
A project called Voices of Humanity would send data, messages and even DNA into space using laser propelled spacecrafts where “Your data will live forever in the universe. You will be immortalized,” according to the KickStarter page.
The team is hoping to initially raise $30,000 (£22,700) to launch computer chips full of images and data into low-Earth orbit by 2017, with more distant missions such as the moon and Mars in the future.
Once they have reached $100,000 (£75,000), “we will be able to build a sophisticated ground-based laser and robotic telescope that allows your data to be optionally transmitted via laser to the target of your choice in space”.
Those behind the plans add: “We will then be able to ‘beam you up’ by encoding and sending your data to the stars so you will travel at the speed of light into the universe.
“In both cases, we will be able to ‘back up humanity’, using the universe as our ‘cloud’ with your images, pictures, text, tweets, video, and DNA!”
Esteemed scientists have given their backing to the project, including Nasa’s Philip Lubin, who is also working on Stephen Hawking’s Breakthrough Starshot project, which will also be using similar laser-propelled spacecrafts.
Professor Lubin told Space.com: “We sometimes use the phrase, ‘we want to back up humanity,’ which is not a joke — we want to do this.
“Personally, I would like to send out a blueprint for life on Earth and how to reconstruct us, how to make us.
“Everything required to have a do-it-yourself ‘build humanity’ project.”