In an effort to preserve humanity's knowledge for billions of years, the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF) is leading an ambitious project to scatter digital libraries across the solar system. The mission's goal is to ensure that information about Earth and its inhabitants remains accessible to future generations, even in the face of apocalyptic events.
AMF's library, aptly named the "Billion Year Archive," utilizes nickel-engraved, read-only nanofiche disks, designed to withstand the harshest space conditions. These disks can theoretically endure for several billion years, impervious to electrical interference, radiation, extreme temperatures, severe cold, and various chemicals.
Each nanofiche disk weighs a mere 4 grams and is 0.04mm thick, featuring an astounding 25 layers. The first four layers, analog in nature, contain nearly 60,000 pages of content, viewable with simple magnification tools. Among the content are technical and scientific specifications, instructions on how to retrieve and interpret the digital data stored on the remaining 21 layers.
In this digital treasure trove lies an array of knowledge, including the English Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg's extensive book library, the Internet Archive, and information on nearly 7,000 languages worldwide. Among the unusual inclusions is a collection called "David Copperfield's Secrets," which unveils the art and science behind the magician's illusions.
AMF's ambitious plan is to place these time capsules, or "Arch libraries," in various locations across the solar system, including orbiting Earth and on the Moon. These repositories are designed to act as backups of Earth's knowledge and biology.
The next scheduled lunar mission to carry an Arch library is the Astrobotic Peregrine Mission One lander.