The World In A Disc: A 30-Million Page Archive Heading To The Moon

The Lunar Library that contains document on human civilization is heading to the moon

On February 21, Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft was launched toward the moon carrying a mysterious load. Mission planners remained silent despite pressures from the public to disclose the real content of the cargo. This builds allegations that the space capsule contains a time machine and other significant innovation that will elevate Israelis from other nations.

After one week, the mystery has unfolded; a massive archive is aboard Israel’s spacecraft.

The archive, known as ‘Lunar Library,’ is a 30 million-page record of human knowledge and civilization etched into a DVD-size metal disc which contains both larger and smaller texts, as well as, photos that can easily be read using advanced microscopic technology.

It was a project of Arch Mission Foundation; a Los Angeles based non-profit organization, co-founded by Nova Spivack, which aimed to preserve humanity’s cultural heritage both recorded in written and online forms.

What is the goal of putting up an Archive into the moon?

The foundation’s primary reason is to build a space-based archive that will exist for more than six billion years. This answers the problem of storing data in a traditional manner where oldest written records cannot endure the test of time. It’s also intended for ‘back up plan’ which put several copies of this data in some places on Earth and in space so the information will survive in the future.

What kind of data does this archive store?

Well, everything.

The library includes historical facts based on written records, massive contents of Wikipedia, voluminous compilation of human dialects assembled by ‘The Long Now Foundation’ that explain languages and translations, thousands of images of book pages, photos, illustrations, documents and almost entire books containing scientific handbooks. It even contains your favorite songs, records of modern culture and Israel’s children’s stories and drawings. All of this information is etched onto 25 nickel disks, each just 40 microns thick, according to Arch Mission Foundation.

Basically, these tiny disks have everything the world needs to know.

Is the information safe in the Moon?

Before it was launched into space, the foundation did a lot of research and performed several tests to secure the disk and ensure the data’s safety. The library consists of thin sheets of laser-etched nickel, an analog-microfiche that’s easily comprehensible using a thousand magnification optical microscope. According to an article released by, the nickel substance was used to store data because of its incredible resistance to extreme moon’s temperature so it will likely last billions of years.

This project is not new for the foundation. Last year, Spivack and his team launched a Tesla Roadster to orbit around the sun which carries a glove box. The box consisted of a quartz disc with the entire text of Asimov’s famous trilogy of science fiction books, a major inspiration on Spivak’s thinking.

The inspiration behind Lunar Library’s creation

The ‘Lunar Library’ also ensures that the future generation will not lose humanity’s collective wisdom. According to Spivack, one of the evolutionary challenges people face is amnesia on past mistakes. Humans forget to correct these errors or keep on repeating them, and that is one of the major drawbacks on why civilizations lack growth sometimes. For the survival of the species, Spivack believed that the creation of a space-based archive answered our quest in finding ways on how to raise awareness of what works and didn’t. Then it must be shared with the people of the future so the same mistake will not happen to them.

Future Mission

The scope has to be wider for the ‘Lunar Library.’ According to the Foundation, the future project includes building a ‘Rosetta Stone’ (a stone tablet) for every human being who inhabits the solar system in the future. This mirrored Spivack’s goal to flood the solar system with different versions of ‘Lunar Library’ into Earth’s caves and mountains, other parts of the moon, even on Mars and in deep spaces in the Universe.  

Is the end of the world coming?

Or, is this a sign that future descendants will be living on another planet other than the earth?

The mission of sending records of human civilization to the moon raised doubts to some. According to Spivack, the ‘Lunar Library’ is just a precautionary measure in case future generations will no longer have the means to know the past. He added that we would never know what crisis humans will be dealing with on their libraries and online data storages so this invention might be of big help to future generations. Spivack also clarified that he has no other intentions nor he supports any claims about ‘the end of the world.’

The spacecraft boarding the Lunar Library will land on moon this April and will be the first ever ‘world in a disc’ project.

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