On April 11, 2019, the lunar knight of the Israeli company SpaceIL Beresheet (in Hebrew for "Inception") crashed on the moon. The payload of Beresheet provided by the Nonprofit Archival Mission Foundation was to be an information archive for Earth. It included a DVD containing 30 million pages of human knowledge, as well as 60,000 etched pages that did not require a computer to read, 5000 language keys, and 25-person DNA samples. According to the chairman of the Arch Mission Nova Spivack Foundation, in the event of a disaster, this information library parked on the moon could be enough to "restore the human race."
Many might consider Arch's mission as fantastic and others as profound. But few objected. After all, it was their money. Creative people have certainly been doing more stupid things. Too bad for the crash.
But then on August 7, it emerged that Bereshet was carrying an additional load, about 1
0,000 microscopic animals called tardigrades, on a piece of postage stamped tape. Known as amateur microscopes, such as "water bears" or "fly pigs", these animals have the ability to survive dehydrated at rest for many years and are highly resistant to radiation damage. Now they were on the moon.
At first, reporters told the story with a light touch. "Thousands of tardigrades came across the moon after the earth crash," Mindy Weissberger wrote playfully on LiveScience . "Water bears remain on the moon after the crash," the BBC reported. "There's definitely great source material for a science fiction horror movie. Attack of the moss piglets from the moon? We will watch it. ”
But alas, the fun did not continue. "Tardigrades on the moon is not good," announced NASA astrobiologist Monica Vidauri based on Godard in a series of tweets. August 10 She went on (breaks between tweets missed):
Not sweet. This is the result of a huge gap in accountability for planetary protection and ethics between public and private science, and we have no idea what might happen as a result. This means that the private sector can continue to do as it wishes. This means that they do not meet any security / ethics service. And the fact that nothing is happening about politics and that the standards for deactivation are NOT going to be updated is dangerous beyond imagination. And if you think something like "sweet, we made moon creatures!" Then stop. Think carefully. We have done something in EVERY world that we do not fully understand. It has an environment, even if we consider it to be "barren" for all life on earth. ,.
What you are doing is showing excitement from the long history of the imposition of OUR values, systems and, in this case, living beings in another world. This is not our right and it is not our job. If we continue with this mentality, even if we take away the word "colonization", the premise is the same. This is colonialism This is imperialism.