FAQ
Last Updated on September 6, 2019
How and when will my DNA get to the Moon?
The Moon is becoming accessible. There are at least 6 commercial Moon landing companies promising regular access to the Moon in the next couple years. We share a lander to keep costs low and plan to land in early 2021. We continue to monitor the progress of our landing partners and are in discussion with multiple.

How can I stay updated on the mission?
We bring you along with us in the whole process from collecting your DNA to delivery to the Moon. Add your email or get on the LifeShip to join the mission. You'll get exciting updates and be able to follow the mission. You’ll get to live stream the rocket launch and watch the Moon landing. 

How long will my DNA last?
On Earth, scientists have decoded DNA almost a million years old. Space storage is better in some ways and more challenging in some ways. We don't yet know for sure how long the DNA will last on the Moon. Radiation and temperature changes can accelerate degradation in space. We include thousands of copies of your DNA for redundancy. Even DNA fragments can be pieced back together using today's technology.

Let me know more about Arch Mission?
We’ve partnered with Arch Mission Foundation, a non-profit preserving the knowledge and biology of our planet in a solar system-wide project called The Billion Year Archive. 

How can I stay updated on the mission?
We'll share stories and show the process from collecting your DNA to delivery to the Moon. By joining the LifeShip mission, you get exciting updates to follow the technology and process. You’ll get to live stream the rocket launch, follow your rocket’s progress, and watch the Moon landing.

What if the mission fails? What then?
Space is hard. Rockets explode and landers crash. But don’t worry, we’ll get you to the Moon. If not on the first try then we’ll try again and include you for free on our next Moon mission.

What could my DNA be used for?
We don’t know. LifeShip is a time capsule for the future. Perhaps our future descendants will recover it and get a snapshot of Earth's life. Perhaps another advanced civilization finds it and can learn about or even recreate Earth’s life. The limits are up to your imagination.

What about contaminating space and Planetary Protection?
We care deeply about protecting space. Scientists learn about the origins of life by studying planetary bodies. DNA is inert and not living. We store it encapsulated in a synthetic amber polymer within a capsule. We sterilize the exterior of the capsule and follow standard space protocols. NASA’s Planetary Protection agency has classified the Moon as a Category II planetary body, which means that contamination is very unlikely and there are no added restrictions on the types of payloads that can go to the Moon. We need more thought and precautions before sending DNA to Mars as there is a high likelihood of finding we will find signs of life on the red planet. We believe in preserving space for the scientific study of life while also making conscious steps towards sending life outwards.

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