BBC NEWS | Noah's Ark plan from top Moon man
- Noah's Ark plan from top Moon man
By Pallab Ghosh
BBC Science Correspondent, at the BA festival
The European Space Agency's chief scientist has said there should be a
"Noah's Ark" on the Moon, in case life on Earth is wiped out by an
asteroid or nuclear holocaust.
Speaking exclusively to BBC News at the British Association Festival of
Science, Dr Bernard Foing said the ark should be a repository for the DNA
of every single species of plant and animal.
Dr Foing is head of Europe's Moon missions, so his thoughts on matters
lunar should be taken seriously.
He is concerned that if the Earth were destroyed, there would be little or
nothing left of the rich diversity of life on the planet. His solution is
to build a DNA library on Earth's satellite.
"If there were a catastrophic collision on Earth or a nuclear war, you
could place some samples of Earth's biosphere, including humans, [on the
Moon]," he said.
"You could repopulate the Earth afterwards, like a Noah's Ark," he said.
For the time being though, Dr Foing is awaiting the arrival of Europe's
first probe to the Moon.
The Smart 1 mission is due to arrive ahead of schedule in November. The
spacecraft is testing a range of innovative technologies that should find
their way on to many future European Space Agency probes.
It is the first of what he hopes will be a fleet of robotic spacecraft
sent to the Moon. They would be used to build a lunar colony.
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Published: 2004/09/08 00:20:29 GMT
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