In general, projects such as this are an exciting advance for science – being able to travel to, land and build on the moon are incredible achievements for mankind. However, the aims of this ambitious ‘lunar library’ initiative go one further: to store the knowledge of thousands of years of humanity. This recognition is an encouraging sign that we’re starting to understand the importance of  our collective history’s role in the lives of future generations.

A private lunar lander’s maiden moon mission just assumed a new dimension: helping to preserve some of humanity’s precious cultural heritage.

A “lunar library” created by the nonprofit Arch Mission Foundation will be among the payloads toted to the moon by Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander in 2020, representatives of the two organizations announced Tuesday (May 15).

The library will include the voluminous contents of Wikipedia, a compilation of human languages assembled by The Long Now Foundation and a variety of other content that will be announced later. This data will be preserved for perhaps billions of years on the lunar surface, according to the Arch Mission Foundation, which is dedicated to archiving our species’ knowledge for the long haul (hence the name, which is pronounced “Ark”).

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