People who dream about having their DNA launched to the moon so it can be preserved forever now have a way to fulfill their fantasy. Earthrise Space, Inc. a self-described “non-profit research laboratory and student training ground” in Florida, is trying to raise cash to build a lunar rover and win the Google Lunar X competition that is offering $30 million to the first privately-funded entity to successfully launch a robot to the moon.
The Earthrise Space team is offering lots of different prizes for donors who chip in to get the shuttle built, including a moon-shaped stress ball that comes with an $8 donation, a lunar rover model for $115 and the opportunity to drive an actual lunar rover on Earth for $5,000.
But none of these prizes compares with what donors will get if they pony up $10,000, as Earthrise Space is promising that it will launch a sample of their DNA to the moon on their rover that will act as an “interplanetary backup” that “will ensure the survival of their genetic material independent of conditions here on Earth.” In other words, even if all of humanity gets wiped out in the next 1,000 years, Kim Dotcom’s genetic material could theoretically still be preserved on the moon and ready for alien scientists to create little Dotcom clones in their labs.
Earthrise Space has launched their own Kickstarter page to help raise funds and the group says it’s happy to take all donations “small or large.” The group also says that it plans on sending its lunar rover to the moon by December 2014.