As we rapidly approach 2024, NASA, collaborating with Florida-based computing startup Lonestar and the Isle of Man, gears up to pioneer a groundbreaking lunar project. The objective? To employ blockchain technology to eliminate doubts surrounding human lunar landings.
The Artemis Missions: Bridging Earth to Moon
In November 2024, NASA’s Artemis program is slated to initiate its penultimate stage with Artemis 2. Although crewed, this mission will see its quartet of astronauts orbit the Moon and revisit our blue planet. While not a moon landing, it acts as a precursor and rehearsal for the ultimate goal: the historic Artemis 3 mission in 2025 to place humans on the lunar surface once more.
But what’s capturing equal attention is the scientific experiment embedded within these space voyages. Both Lonestar and the Isle of Man are at the forefront of devising advanced lunar storage systems, remarkably powered by solar energy and necessitating no supplemental infrastructure.
The centerpiece of this experiment? “Data cubes.” Described in the BBC’s Science Focus, these cubes would harness the innovative technology of “digital franking.” This means these data cubes will contain digital stamps once positioned on the lunar surface. The essence of these stamps is their validation process – a procedure executed via blockchain right here on Earth, confirming the data’s integrity.
Confronting the NASA Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories
The persistent conspiracy theories challenging the legitimacy of the six moon landings between 1969 and 1972 have been a prickly issue for NASA. In a conversation with Science Focus, Digital Isle of Man’s innovation chief expressed NASA’s immense challenge in debunking these lunar landing myths.
While blockchain might not alter skeptic views on past events, it is an unerring record for future lunar activities. Its unchangeable nature offers an intriguing prospect: future astronauts could interact with these data cubes during lunar missions. When verified on the blockchain, this interaction becomes a testament to their presence on the Moon, effectively quelling any new conspiracy theories.
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