Document Type

Article

Original Publication Date

1996

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of the British Interplanetary Society

Volume

49

First Page

319

Last Page

320

Date of Submission

August 2017

Abstract

Genetic materials of endangered species must be maintained, for cryoconservation, permanently near liquid nitrogen temperatures below 77 K. Due to the instability of human institutions, permanent safety is best provided at storage sites that maintain passively the needed low temperatures, and provide barriers to access. The required conditions are available in permanently shaded polar lunar craters with equilibrium temperatures of 8 to 40 K, on the moons of Saturn, and unshielded storage satellites. A genetic depository can be incorporated readily into planned lunar programmes.

Is Part Of

VCU Chemistry Publications