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Florida GoogleX Team Offers To Send Your DNA To the Moon For a Price

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the to-the-moon-with-you dept.

Space 55

First time accepted submitter Udigs writes "You might have heard of the Google LunarX Prize. It's a competition where private, often non-profit organizations race to build a vehicle capable of completing a short mission on the moon. But one of the problems facing these private teams is the issue of raising money to make the trip. However, one Florida team is taking an interesting approach: they are offering to send your DNA to the moon for a price. For the inclined, they've started a kickstarter page."

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High price of gas. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40594813)

However, one Florida team is taking an interesting approach: they are offering to send your DNA to the moon for a price.

It'll save the aliens gas money to come here and get it.

Re:High price of gas. (1)

s.petry (762400) | about 2 years ago | (#40595665)

Aliens? Not exactly what I was thinking. I was thinking more along the lines of a covert program to get more DNA into Government databases, and of course the Government.. er Google... would make a lot of cash doing so.

Re:High price of gas. (1)

detritus. (46421) | about 2 years ago | (#40599455)

Exactly. I'll be physically present at the launch and put my vile into the capsule and watch it be loaded on to the rocket, thank you. Anything less than that, I'll keep my money.

Just one question (1)

suso (153703) | about 2 years ago | (#40595889)

If I pledge $10,000, do I still get a 5 gallon bucket of duck sauce?

Like a big astronaut... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40594819)

...circle jerk.

Re:Like a big astronaut... (2)

TWX (665546) | about 2 years ago | (#40595075)

Somehow I figured there'd be a joke like this in there. If there wasn't then I was going to make it...

So my clones are doomed to work on the moon? (0)

shoppa (464619) | about 2 years ago | (#40594855)

They tried this in the movies, and IT DIDN'T WORK!!!

Moon (2009 Movie with Sam Rockwell) [imdb.com]

Re:So my clones are doomed to work on the moon? (1)

MrP- (45616) | about 2 years ago | (#40594923)

Time to listen to the Moon score again and get chills.

Clint Mansell rules.

Re:So my clones are doomed to work on the moon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40594987)

Thank you for that. Just gave it a preview online...pretty intense. I like it.

I don't understand... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40594893)

They pay me or I pay them?

Re:I don't understand... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40594955)

They pay me or I pay them?

Usually neither. Yeah, kickstarter has had a couple of successes, but most of the time people just squak and make noise, and their project date comes and goes unfunded. The bigger the goal (going to the moon) and more technically oriented it is (going to the moon) the less likely it is to succeed. Things like indy films have traditionally done the best, I think because people tend to actually believe that the thing will be successfully finished. (If you see many independent films, you realize that that standard is pretty low...).

Re:I don't understand... (1)

TWX (665546) | about 2 years ago | (#40595059)

Sorry, just inspired by a Heathers quote, when they were asked what they would do if they won the lottery right before finding out that the world will be destroyed...

"I'd pay Madonna a million bucks to sit on my face and have her ride like the Kentucky derby...

...she should pay me, though.

I will send them... TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40594945)

DNA samples will be stocked in shipping container and dumped into a volcano. $40/sample.

Re:I will send them... TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 2 years ago | (#40594977)

Wait, isn't that a central tenant of Scientology?

And volcanoes are the output ports, so, plan fail, I guess.

Re:I will send them... TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 2 years ago | (#40595181)

I thought Xenu packed aliens into volcanoes and then blew them up with fusion bombs and now their ghosts are what causes humanity's ills (which is why you should totally not use stupid science-based medicine, it does nothing about the alien ghosts at the root of the problem).

Re:I will send them... TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (2)

localman57 (1340533) | about 2 years ago | (#40595239)

I am _so_ sick of hearing this shit. I'm leaving. And I'm taking Suri with me.

Re:I will send them... TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (1)

tilante (2547392) | about 2 years ago | (#40595871)

You would post that comment on a day that I don't have mod points. Dammit.

Send mother-in-law's DNA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40594947)

With mother-in-law attached.

Competition (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40594959)

For a much cheaper price i'll offer you the privilege to have your DNA sent to some other place just as useless.

10k? (2)

MDMurphy (208495) | about 2 years ago | (#40594981)

While I understand that weight is key, 10k seemed a little high for the DNA sample. A single cell is sufficient to "get your DNA on the moon". I would think that a lower cost would result in many more people taking that option and increased financial contributions.

Granted, having to farm out the DNA collection and storage process is eating up money that isn't going to the launch, and the keeping the resulting samples small will cost more than just sending any cheek scrapings that come in. Even with the 10k price it's only $3500 higher than the next donor level that includes all but the DNA sent to the moon.

Their marketing department might want to revisit this. To be honest though, they're not likely to lower the amount enough to interest me.

Re:10k? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40594993)

It's like the "name a star after you" scam. In order for the product to have perceived value, the price has to be high enough.

Re:10k? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40595411)

I don't think you understand what Kickstarter is. They're not saying "this thing is worth $10k". They're saying "if you pledge $10k to our project, one of the rewards you will get is your DNA sent to the moon". It's like when you donate $15 to a Kickstarter project and they say "for this, you'll get a Thank You on our website and a free bumper sticker!". They're not saying a bumper sticker is worth $15 -- they're just giving you a little trinket for your pledge. This just happens to be a more extravagant reward for a very high pledge.

Re:10k? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40595703)

I'm a member of the Planetary Society and my name is engraved on disks of several mars probes _on_ mars.
All included in the membership fee.
So I thump my nose at those poor bastards who can send only a speck of DNA to our fucking moon.

Re:10k? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40595137)

I'd pay $10k, if there was some "guarantee" (for whatever it'd be worth) that they would use the DNA to create a new human being in the future out of my cells. Long into the future, of course (no point doing it just 100 years from now, unless we need to populate the earth again, since one could just procreate naturally in the near-term).

Re:10k? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40597363)

Uh, human cloning is playing GOD and is the devils work. GOD hates fags

Re:10k? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40595661)

Hopefully, this suggestion kills your objections in general (and paragraph 2 specifically) while making you laugh:

Doesn't every strand of hair have enough DNA to qualify? Yep... I'm proposing they launch a hairball to the moon.

Bill the Cat and Penguin Opus are my suggestions for the LM design, naturally. Crowdsource the optimal design for preservation and finding it at any point in 4e9 years (isn't that how long until Sol goes nova?), have donors send 2 strands of hair in a baggie for $20, and rock that rocket.

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Re:"0BAMA N 2o12" UNDiSPUTED TRUTH "iNHERiT THE Wi (1)

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Warning: One-way trip (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40595061)

The cost to get your dna back is where they make their profit.

Re:Warning: One-way trip (1)

MDMurphy (208495) | about 2 years ago | (#40595345)

What nefarious plans do you have for when you get your gamma ray-mutated DNA back?

Free Data? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40595083)

They want us to pay them for giving them access to our complete DNAs?

Modern day Cryonics (1)

anonymousNR (1254032) | about 2 years ago | (#40595089)

Sounds like the modern day Cryonics scam.

That's a long way (4, Funny)

StormyWeather (543593) | about 2 years ago | (#40595105)

to shoot a load.

Sounds like a SCAM (2, Insightful)

na1led (1030470) | about 2 years ago | (#40595129)

How are they going to preserve your DNA on the moon, with all the exposed radiation, and freezing temperatures? It's hard enough to keep DNA preserved in a monitored environment here on earth! If you want your DNA preserved, better off just fossilizing it, like they do with Moose Droppings.

Re:Sounds like a SCAM (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 2 years ago | (#40600865)

they could, you know, sequence it to optical media, or engrave it, or put it in a block of lead.

the bigger problem is how the fuck they intend to send it to moon.

Why do you need (their) rocket? (1)

wisebabo (638845) | about 2 years ago | (#40595143)

DNA (and in fact the cells in which it is encased) is so unbelievably light that if you could get it out of the atmosphere, the light pressure from the sun could blow it to the moon in a matter of days(?).

So just take some skin flakes and grind it up into an extremely fine powder. Attach it to a weather balloon (with an optional rocket stage). At the edge of the atmosphere with the setting sun in one direction and the moon in another, release the powder.

Is it absolutely positively guaranteed to get to the moon undamaged? Will any of it/you survive? No, but it's not like you were going to do something useful with it anyway (like make a clone). Anyway, some of the bacteria that lives on you might conceivably make the trip. Think of this as the poor man's version of panspermia.

Re:Why do you need (their) rocket? (1)

locopuyo (1433631) | about 2 years ago | (#40595265)

My rocket works just fine for shooting out dna.

Re:Why do you need (their) rocket? (2)

jfengel (409917) | about 2 years ago | (#40595289)

This is the NPR tote bag of space. The tote bag would actually be more useful. They're looking to raise money, and they want to give you a token of appreciation. It's like letting you put your name on it, only a little more personal and a little more sciencey.

You're not getting DNA delivery out of it. The DNA up there is going to be useless. You're getting bragging rights: "my DNA is on board that rover" when/if they actually make the news by succeeding. It's pricey for bragging rights, but it's cheaper than the $150 million somebody's asking to actually drive you past it (and that, too, is really just bragging rights).

The only immortality you get out of it is the story.

Preserved for all time? (1)

westlake (615356) | about 2 years ago | (#40595313)

ESI will collect your DNA sample, package it into a storage container mounted on the company's Lunar Descent Vehicle and fly it to the surface of the moon where it will be preserved for all time.

Inside a container subject to extreme temperatures hot and cold and with no meaningful protection against cosmic radiation?

Nothing is forever:

Forty years ago, Apollo astronauts placed the first of several retroreflector arrays on the lunar surface. Their continued usefulness for laser ranging might suggest that the lunar environment does not damage optical devices. However, new laser ranging data reveal that the efficiency of the three Apollo reflector arrays is now diminished by a factor of 10 at all lunar phases and by an additional factor of 10 when the lunar phase is near full Moon. These deficits did not exist in the earliest years of lunar ranging, indicating that the lunar environment damages optical equipment on the timescale of decades. Dust or abrasionon the front faces of the corner-cube prisms may be responsible.

Long-term degradation of optical devices on the Moon [ucsd.edu]

I remember one sci-fi writer arguing that quantum effects would set a limit to any form of suspended animation. In time too much information would be erased to make revival possible.

Oh great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40595333)

...Lets just give away the perfect blueprint from which the aliens can design kick-ass biological weapons.

Meh (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40595337)

Of all the places my DNA has wanted to go, the moon is not one of them.

What for? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 2 years ago | (#40595631)

Is not like "you" will be in the moon, we are more software than DNA-encoded hardware. And our DNA is probably 99.99% identical to the someone's else DNA that already been on the moon.

I'll do it for half their price (1)

bitt3n (941736) | about 2 years ago | (#40595653)

send me a vial of your DNA, and I'll provide you photographic evidence that I brought it to the moon. You'll know it's me because I'll be holding an american flag, and the picture will be in black and white (got to cut costs somewhere).

Re:I'll do it for half their price (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | about 2 years ago | (#40596205)

Asking a bunch of slashdotters to send you a vial of DNA my very well be the grossest post ever. And there are a lot of gross things on the internet that get linked from /.

Typical Humans... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40595745)

always finding a way to produce more trash and make it someone else's problem later. We can't be happy with junking up our own planet, we have to send stuff to the moon... *sigh*

On a side note: assuming anyone wanted to live on a dead rock, what purpose will DNA being exposed to extreme conditions there serve? False peace-of-mind for the human race? We should be donating money to fix 'global warming', cancer, and other pressing conspiracies first? ;-)

Honeymooners (1)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about 2 years ago | (#40595873)

So that's what Ralph Cramden did to Alice? He was ahead of his time.

Only if they a guarantee my cells will mutate! (1)

TheFunkyShmoo (1737086) | about 2 years ago | (#40595921)

If the GoogleX team can guarantee that, because of increased exposure to: cosmic rays, CMEs, etc., my cells will mutate into strange (preferably homicidal) creatures, I'm totally sold. Who could turn down an opportunity like that? I'll go to my grave content in the knowledge that future generations of space faring humans will likely be devoured by my mutated progeny.

Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40596005)

Just what the solar system needed: polluting the moon with egotistic DNA... if your ego does not fit Earth, send it to another planet!

Put my dead molecules on Jupiter! (1)

da007 (242994) | about 2 years ago | (#40596567)

Toynbee Idea
In movie 2001
Resurrect dead
On planet Jupiter

Really. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40597959)

Everybody else gets theirs archived at cold harbor for free and that has now been going on for decades.
What do I have to possibly gain from having my DNA taken to the moon? A greater prize would be to
have a thai whore inseminated with my sperm and sent to Mars.

Let's pretend (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40599597)

they can do it. Let's assume their rocket will work, and they will in good faith take a copy of your DNA, and place it in a rocket, (or whatever) and send it to the moon, what the hell will it do there? End up in a tiny pile between the bodies of Tom Cruise and Willzyx? Where it will do, what, exactly?

Exactly. Nothing. They could, let's not forget, TELL you they put your DNA in there, steal your money, skip town, and if no one ever found out, it's not like you (as you'll most likely never see the moon, in as it were, person...) can ever check to see if it got there.

Another non-article about a non-starter "kickstarter" project. Sad AND boring.

Monarchy (1)

MrL0G1C (867445) | about 2 years ago | (#40600245)

I live in the UK, so I'm just going to send my toenails to Her Majesty the Queen instead, Royal Mail will do this for a much better price.

Great idea... (1)

gshegosh (1587463) | about 2 years ago | (#40600385)

If our grandchildren ever manage to get out of the oil trouble and they start building cities on Moon, let's make it even harder for them. Space debris is not enough, let's contaminate the Moon, too.

Planning for the Future (1)

sharkey (16670) | about 2 years ago | (#40601725)

Best to get started now, so it'll be there when Frank Poole and HALman need it in about nine hundred eighty-some odd years.
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