Saffron's Space

There is so much going on in the field of space-travel that it can be hard to keep up. With projected Mars landings, the potential for off-world colonies and the commercialization of space-flight it’s easy to become lost in the noise.

One topic which has come under the spotlight is the upcoming plan to send the Torah to the moon in a kind of time-capsule. The plan being to keep it safe if the apocalypse should claim Earth.

TMoon Buggyhe Torah on the Moon project is the first of such plans which will also see the Hindu scriptures and Chinese philosophical works delivered to our off-world ‘back-up’. These will join the Bible which is already sitting on top of an abandoned moon-buggy.

There is a lot of controversy over these planned missions. The major being, should the focus be on religious texts when there are so many other items which humanity has to offer. What about the works of Beathoven? Or the art and inventions of Da Vinci? On the other hand, the religious texts are some of the oldest written works on Earth and have had huge implications on humanity’s history.

The other concern is that these missions will pave the way for cultural and religious disputes over the moon and other space territory. After-all religion has been the base cause of so many wars; could this attempt at saving the religious texts be opening old wounds best left forgotten? Or is it simply a beautiful way to preserve an integral part of humanity?

These are all difficult questions to answer. It is also an interesting debate as once more science and religion are thrown together.

What do you think? Is there anything wrong with these projects? What would you send to the moon as a memoriam of humanity?

Read more at New Scientist.
Picture: NASA


2 Comments so far

  1.    Pete on July 13, 2014 6:53 pm      Reply

    Religious documents on the moon? A more suitable epitaph for humanity would be :
    ‘From time to time throughout the history of mankind a person would emerge who urged that we be nice to each other. Too few listened.’

    •    saffron on July 14, 2014 11:22 pm      Reply

      What an excellent sentiment… 🙂 thanks Pete.

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