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Why NASA Is Sending National Secrets to the Moon

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Lonestar data center on the Moon, illustration

An illustration of a data center Lonestar wants to place on the Moon.

Credit: Jason Riley / Artificial Lens

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will work with computing startup Lonestar plus the Isle of Man, the self-governing British Crown Dependency, to send a data payload to the Moon next February to test the possibility of lunar-based backup storage as part of the Artemis program. The collaborators hope to ensure the data's security and protection from tampering using blockchain while also demonstrating the stored information's authenticity.

After landing, the researchers intend to digitally "frank" the data cube's payload on Lonestar's datacenter to prove its lunar provenance, then have it transmitted back to Earth and compiled into a blockchain to signal its verification. The information to be digitalized and launched on the data cube is stamps chosen by the Isle of Man's post office.

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