… the Alliance to Rescue Civilization [is] a group that advocates a backup for humanity by way of a station on the Moon replete with DNA samples of all life on Earth, as well as a compendium of all human knowledge ? the ultimate detached garage for a race of packrats. It would be run by people who, through fertility treatments and frozen human eggs and sperm, could serve as a new Adam and Eve in addition to their role as a new Noah.
Far from the lunatic fringe, the leaders of the alliance have serious careers: Robert Shapiro, the group?s founder, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist in biochemistry at New York University; Ray Erikson runs an aerospace development firm in Boston and has been a NASA committee chair; Steven M. Wolfe, as a Congressional aide, drafted and helped pass the Space Settlement Act of 1988, which mandated that NASA plan a shift from space exploration to space colonization, and was executive director of the Congressional Space Caucus; William E. Burrows, an author of several books on space, is the director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at N.Y.U.
President Bush has already proposed a Moon base. ?He just needs to be told what it?s good for,? Dr. Shapiro said. Dr. Shapiro has written a number of books on the origins of life on Earth, as well as ?Planetary Dreams: The Quest to Discover Life Beyond Earth,? where he unveiled the civilization rescue project. – more on NYT
When they get there, they will find that this has been done before. The Atlanteans left quite a nice stash on the moon I hear.