A 30 million-page archive of human history is going to the moon, so aliens know how Earth ended

I mean, it’s measles or nukes or some combination of both, but without anybody left to explain what happened, this is our legacy to the universe. Compiled by the Arch Mission Foundation, the first of a series of “Lunar Library” discs was sent to the moon on the Beresheet lander, launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket last week and expected to arrive at its destination sometime next month.

“The idea is to place enough backups in enough places around the solar system, on an ongoing basis, that our precious knowledge and biological heritage can never be lost,” the company’s co-founder Nova Spivack tells CNET.

The DVD-sized, radiation-resistant disc contains about 200 GB of data, including approximately 60,000 images of documents, photos, and other media, and a complete copy of the English-language Wikipedia so extra-terrestrial tourists can more conveniently find out important things about our now-extinct planet like which way was the proper way to hang toilet paper. Because that’s how we want to be remembered.

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