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    Noah s Ark plan from top Moon man By Pallab Ghosh BBC Science Correspondent, at the BA festival http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3635972.stm The European
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      Noah's Ark plan from top Moon man
      By Pallab Ghosh
      BBC Science Correspondent, at the BA festival

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3635972.stm

      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.

      Story from BBC NEWS:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/sci/tech/3635972.stm

      Published: 2004/09/08 00:20:29 GMT

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