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Lunar Data Storage

Just in case
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Send over several unmanned computerized storage devices. Not much needed for cooling...

Then when Google Docs are destroyed in the sun storm, and your hard disk sank into the mud slide, you can always retrieve your data remotely, once the trees start growing back.

But - more important, all the digitized libraries will survive. And they would survive a financial storm too, because they would be self sufficient and all secret files open to the public within 40 years. (or 80 for top secret files).

Nothing of course would save them from vandalism, but chances are they would last longer than most earthbound storage.

Think what this could do to save halfbakery for the next generations.

pashute, Apr 10 2011

Seasonal_20Orbital_20Advertising_20Plan [FlyingToaster, Apr 10 2011]

The_20Hindenburg_2c_20but_20in_20space aka MoonString [not_morrison_rm, Apr 10 2011]

Halfbakery: Encode Data in the Rings of Saturn Encode Data in the Rings of Saturn
A lo-fi version, writ large. You could do something similar on the moon by having a big combine harvester travel along a spiral path from the moon's "North" pole, round and around, till it gets to the south pole, carving a binary groove into the moon-rock that could later be read by an orbiting satellite using a laser or something. [zen_tom, Apr 11 2011]

Lunokhod http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunokhod_1
The vehicle needed in order to follow the discussion [pashute, Apr 11 2011]

Halfbakery: Lunar Zen Garden Lunar Zen Garden
A non-data encoding version of [spidermother]'s movie sequel. [zen_tom, Apr 11 2011]

Gratuitous self promoting link to barely even vaguely similar idea A_20staple_20form_20of_20memory
[normzone, Apr 11 2011]


       Why the moon? You could protect against vandalism *and* ensure future availability of secret files after a fixed interval by putting it in eccentric heliocentric orbit of the appropriate period. Also, space-based has better longevity than surface-based.
mouseposture, Apr 10 2011

       yahbut can you remember where you put it.
FlyingToaster, Apr 10 2011

       Don't need to. When it gets close enough to the sun, the photovoltaics kick in, and it broadcasts the key.
mouseposture, Apr 10 2011

       // Not much needed for cooling//   

       Uh, these things will be in a vacuum. I suspect the thermodynamics will be against you.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 10 2011

       //heliocentric orbit// <link>, note [unfettered]s anno concerning HB conservatory.
FlyingToaster, Apr 10 2011

       Perhaps that's the backup system [jutta] implemented after the Crash of '04.
mouseposture, Apr 10 2011

       As the defacto sales manager for MoonString (TM) I can give you a once in lifetime deal on transport to the moon...
not_morrison_rm, Apr 10 2011

       Wouldn't the Moon, outside of the atmosphere and mostly outside of the Earth's magnetic influence, be MORE vulnerable to CMEs and the like?
EdZ, Apr 10 2011

       It would be on the dark side, most of the time.
pashute, Apr 11 2011

       Ahh yes, that would do the trick. A spade could be attached to the back and impressed into the soil to denote a 1, no-spade to denote a zero. Have the Lunokhod (which looks just like a retro-space-object from the 60's should look) trundle along at a pre-arranged pace, and beam it information as it goes. You might have to insinuate some sattelites into lunar orbit in order to relay signals around to the 'dark side', but apart from that, it should be fairly straightforward.   

       Even better, replace the spade with a rake and you have a bond-franchise tie-in.
zen_tom, Apr 11 2011

       ... and the movie sequel, in which the villain, rather than destroying the human population of the Earth, merely wants a quiet place to make a zen garden.
spidermother, Apr 11 2011

       //It would be on the dark side, most of the time.//   

       [Pashute] You do know there is no such thing, right? Both the near and far sides experience ~14 days of dark and ~14 days of light every month?
MechE, Apr 11 2011


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