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They propose to store the knowledge of humanity in lava tunnels on the Moon

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The idea is that future servers can communicate with Earth, as well as store information that you don’t want to lose for many years.

The American company Lonestar seeks to install a data center in lava tunnels under the lunar surface.

“Data is the most valuable currency ever created by the human species,” said Chris Scott, founder and general manager of Lonestar. Scott and his colleagues have an ambitious plan to store all human-created data in data centers on the Moon.

“We need to put our assets outside of our planet, where we can keep them safe,” Scott told The Register, comparing the project to the Svalbard World Seed Bank, on the Norwegian island of Spitsberg. Only in this case, instead of trying to protect crop diversity, it’s about safeguarding human knowledge.

Lonestar announced in April that it has already contracted for its first two missions to the lunar surface and the construction of its first data services payload. The first mission, IM-1 from Intuitive Machines, will place a lander on Marius Hills, a series of small craters in the region known as Oceanus Procellarum, to perform an initial software test and store a small amount of data in the module’s hardware for two weeks or one lunar day.

It will then fly its first full data services payload on Intuitive Machine’s IM-2 to the lunar pole, where they will perform loading and unloading tests. The idea is that in the future these servers can communicate with Earth, as well as store information that you don’t want to lose for many years.

Scott explains that having servers on the Moon could greatly speed up communications with future space missions. However, it is not an easy task. In addition to the technical problems that may occur, one of the biggest drawbacks is the temperature in the Moon, which oscillates between 106 and -183 degrees Celsius, as well as the cosmic radiation that bombards the lunar surface without a protective atmosphere. In this way, the lava tubes, which provide a much more stable temperature and prevent radiation from reaching the servers, become an option to be explored.

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