Are you worried about the future of space flight? Do you ever wonder if, when Neil Armstrong died, he was thinking that our glory days were behind us? Do you lie awake at night, wondering what would happen if some astronomical catastrophe struck the Earth and we were all wiped out? Well, dear reader, you can put your worries behind you. The future is assured!
We present to you some excerpts from Taking the Torah to the MOON: Sacred Jewish scroll could hitch ride on Google spacecraft to preserve Earth’s culture in event of an apocalypse, which appears in London’s Daily Mail. The bold font was added by us:
On Christmas Eve in 1968 Nasa provoked outrage among atheists when the Apollo 8 astronauts read from the Book of Genesis as they orbited the moon. So if any people of a similar disposition are reading, look away now – a team based in Israel are planning to send the Torah to the moon.
The sacred Jewish scroll would be sent along with other iconic Earth artefacts as part of the Google Lunar XPrize, a competition amongst private companies to send vehicles to the moon, with the goal of maintaining Earth’s culture in the event of an apocalypse.
Wowie — Earth’s culture will be preserved! Then we’re told:
The project is known as Torah on the Moon and is based in Tel Aviv. The team are hoping to send a handwritten Jewish scroll, the Sefer Torah, to the lunar surface reports New Scientist [Earth’s backup: Sending religious texts to the moon], and later the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) and the I-Ching (an ancient Chinese philosophical work). They would each be transported in capsules that would enable them to survive on the moon for more than 10,000 years.
Let’s think for a moment … the Torah, the Vedas, and the I-Ching … yup, that pretty much covers all of Earth’s culture. Oh, wait — they won’t be including the collected writings of the Discoveroids. Well, payload is limited, so some some difficult decisions have to be made, and a few of humanity’s works must be left behind. Let’s read on:
‘This is an incredible, beautiful project,’ said group founder Paul Aouizerate. ‘These three texts are among Earth’s most ancient documents, created over 3,000 years ago. ‘They are significant to billions of people.’
To fund the mission Aouizerate and his team are hoping to raise up to £12.1m ($20.5m) by having scribes write each of the 304,805 characters contained in the Torah. These writers would be funded by believers. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure a significant part of Earth’s culture would remain on the moon far into the future.
We’ve left out a lot of the article, and we’re certain you’ll want to click over there to read it all. We must confess that this news brings tears to your Curmudgeon’s usually cold, expressionless eyes. The scope and grandeur of the project overwhelms us. When it’s completed, if something happens and we cease to exist, the aliens will grieve over what a loss the universe has suffered by our demise — but our wisdom will be preserved!
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