NASA has teamed up with Lonestar, a computing startup based in Florida, as well as the Isle of Man. Together, they are leading the way in developing an innovative lunar data storage solution. This solution utilizes blockchain technology to confirm the legitimacy of NASA’s upcoming Moon landing.
Interestingly, their collaborative mission, scheduled for February 2024, involves sending “data cubes” to the Moon. Once on the lunar surface, these data cubes will undergo validation using blockchain technology back on Earth.
Notabaly, if all goes as planned, this blockchain innovation will definitively prove human presence on the Moon. NASA’s upcoming crewed mission, Artemis 3, is set for 2025, and this technology is expected to play a pivotal role in authenticating the mission’s success.
Furthermore, NASA’s Artemis mission is entering its second phase, starting with the launch of Artemis 2 in November 2024. Unlike Artemis 3, this mission has a different objective: astronauts will depart Earth, circle the Moon, and return, without landing on the lunar surface.
However, Artemis 2 plays a crucial role as the final test run before the U.S. government approves lunar surface exploration once again in Artemis 3.
Blockchain Technology Revolutionizing Lunar Data Storage and Authentication for Future Moon Missions
As a vital component of the Artemis expeditions, Lonestar and the Isle of Man are working together to pioneer continuous lunar storage systems. These systems will be powered entirely by solar energy and will not require any additional infrastructure.
According to a report in BBC’s Science Focus, this experiment involves creating digital imprints, also known as “digital franking,” which will be stored within lunar data cubes. After deployment, the data will undergo blockchain-based verification on Earth to guarantee its integrity and security.
Importantly, due to the immutable nature of blockchain technology, future Moon-bound astronauts can utilize these data cubes. They can use them to verify their presence on the lunar surface.
Their activities and interactions could undergo meticulous verification using blockchain records. This process would swiftly address any doubts or conspiracy theories that might arise in connection with upcoming Moon landings.
In a conversation with Science Focus, the Director of Innovation at Digital Isle of Man discussed the challenges NASA encounters. These challenges arise when NASA seeks to debunk claims fabricating the six crewed Moon landings conducted between 1969 and 1972.
Blockchain technology may not be capable of dispelling conspiracy theories about 20th-century lunar landings. However, it undeniably functions as an indisputable registry for future lunar explorers.