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30-million-page archive of the achievements of the mankind on the way to the Moon

An artistic view of Beresheet lunar lander.
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Tucked away in Israel Beresheet lunar lander, which is currently on its way to the Moon, is a massive archive about the achievements of the mankind.

The collection of images, text and symbols is the first part of a project for the construction of a “Lunar Library” and is part of a larger push to create a space on the basis of the archive of the Earth.

According to the Bow Mission Foundation (“AMF”), the library contains 30 million pages of human history that covers a wide range of topics, styles and periods, all stored on a DVD-sized archive made of 25 nickel disks, each only 40 microns thick. An 84-page document that AMF provided to Gizmodo showed the subject categories in the time capsule including aerospace, mathematics, women’s studies, humor, and criminology.

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The first four layers contain more than 60,000 analog photos of pages of books, photographs, illustrations and documents, AMF explained. Some of the articles, a copy of The World Factbook.

When Gizmodo asked why the full list of content is not disclosed, the AMF, told the news outlet:

“We are just the announcement of a part of the content in the library right now because of the various partnerships that we have. Much more content will be revealed. … Rather than relying on problematic curations of material, we want to be in the full breadth and diversity of the recorded human knowledge and culture and a record of the life and the civilization of the planet Earth.”

There will be more disks to be sent to the Moon in the coming years, including in collaboration with Astrobotic next year.

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The Beresheet lander was launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and would reach the Moon by April 11. The lander and the time capsule will remain on the Moon for an indefinite period of time.

The Moon is also high for a number of countries’ space programs. China, for example, recently became the first country to successfully land a probe on the far side of the Moon as the Chang’e 4 lander reached the moon’s surface on Jan. 2.

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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.

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