The first private spacecraft to (crash)land on Earth’s Moon, Baresheet from Israel landed on the lunar surface on 11 April.
Israel Aerospace Industries’ Beresheet landed on the lunar surface – Sea of Serenity. It spilt tardigrades on the moon.
- The founder of Arch Mission Foundation, Nova Spivack watched a live stream of the entire thing.
- BTW, that lander was carrying a tiny library containing all known human data; or at least a lot of it. Among other things.
- This includes human DNA samples and thousands of tardigrades.
The thing is, nothing destroys these beings, not even space.
- The good news is we now have life on the moon. The bad news is that this life is virtually indestructible.
- This is a microscopic organism that we cannot even detect from here on earth.
- The main mission that was taken up is related to preserving and seeding human DNA and archives throughout space.
- Nickel coated layers of books compressed into one-inch squares along with resinated human DNA such as hair and blood of 25 people was sent up there.
The obvious next questions?
- The tardigrades can be revived in the future after they enter a dormant state. All metabolic processes stop in their bodies during this period.
- So, are we looking at tardigrade evolution in some metamorphosis sense?
- That is probably not happening anytime soon because there is literally no way for the ‘water bears’ to interact with human DNA.