It seems that more and more scientists and specialists are taking seriously the possibility of future 'existential risks' - otherwise referred to as catastrophic events. A recent report suggested the building of a 'lunar ark' - a Noah's Ark - on the moon to preserve humanity's records. For those familiar with Isaac Asimov's 'Foundation Series' will know this is eerily similar to the plot of 'Foundation and Earth' when Earth became radioactive after nuclear war. Anyway.... the report from National Geographic - 'Lunar Ark' Proposed in Case of Deadly Impact on Earth - states that:
The moon should be developed as a sanctuary for civilization in case of a cataclysmic cosmic impact, according to an international team of experts (NASA already has blueprints to create a permanent lunar outpost by the 2020s)
But that plan should be expanded to include a way to preserve humanity's learning, culture, and technology if Earth is hit by a doomsday asteroid or comet, said Jim Burke of International Space University (ISU) in France.
Burke, once a project manager on some of the earliest American lunar landings, now heads an ISU study on surviving a collision with a near-Earth object. An impact of the size that wiped out the dinosaurs hasn't happened since long before the rise of humans, he pointed out.
Yet scientists' expanding knowledge of asteroids and craters left throughout the solar system has created a consensus that Earth remains vulnerable to a civilization-crushing collision. This calls for the creation of a space age Noah's ark, Burke said...A Lunar Ark
Thanks to Subtopia for the heads-up on this.
There is so much activity going on, yet so difficult to join all the dots together... lunar arks; underground bases; star-wars missile shields; increasing sun flares and galactic centre pulses...