A Library in Space

February 12, 2018

 There is one part of the recent Falcon Heavy Rocket launch by SpaceX that seems to be a little under the radar. Inside Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster that is now roaming around the universe is a digital copy of Isaac Asimov's seminal Foundation Trilogy.

 

Created by the non-profit Arch Mission Foundation the Arch Library allows for massive data storage via quartz disks.

 

Here's their vision:

 

"To mitigate planetary risks, human data needs to be backed up in as many places as possible, both on Earth and off Earth. Space provides an ideal environment for data storage, yet also brings with it new challenges.

A large network of Arch™ Libraries (pronounced “Ark”) disseminated across the solar system will guarantee preservation of human data, no matter how much information humans create, for as long as the solar system exists.  

The key to making this work is increasing the amount of data we can store per Arch™ Library, and disseminating Arch Libraries to a large number of locations across our Solar System – this is the vision of The Arch Mission."

 

and to test it they created an Arch Library containing Asimov's classic which will now orbit the Sun for at least millions of years alongside Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster. 

 

Here's the real kicker. 

 

Each disk can hold up to 360 terabytes of information which translates into upwards of 200 million books which is more than the estimated 130 million books published in all of human history!

 

Holy Library of Babel, Batman!

 

h/t Mashable

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