Scientists are suggesting that humans could buy a “modern global insurance policy” by building an ark on the moon and filling it with sperm samples of 6.7 million species, including humans.
The proposed sperm bank or ark would be stored in a vault beneath the surface of the moon.
This will be similar to that of the doomsday seed vault in Svalbard, Norway, which currently holds more than a million crop samples taken from almost every country in the world.
The idea was proposed by 6 researchers from the University of Arizona. They presented their idea at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Aerospace Conference, stating that this proposal would protect mankind from extinction.
According to IFL Science, professor Jekan Thangavelautham, who presented the concept said that the facility could be filled by sending samples in 250 flights to the moon. And building the International Space Station would require 40 trips.
To prevent the samples from freezing or fusing together in the sub-zero temperatures beneath the surface of the moon the facility will be powered by solar panels.
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