NASA and its partners are using blockchain technology to verify data from a payload that will be sent to the Moon in February 2024. The data will be stored in “data cubes” and will be verified back on Earth using blockchain technology. This same technology will also be used to verify the landing of humans on the Moon during NASA’s Artemis 3 mission in 2025.
The Artemis mission is moving into its second stage with the launch of Artemis 2 in November 2024. Although this mission will not involve landing on the Moon, it will serve as a final test run before humans are put on the surface of the Moon again with Artemis 3. Lonestar and the Isle of Man are collaborating to develop long-term lunar storage systems that rely on solar power and require no additional infrastructure.
To ensure the integrity of the data stored on the Moon, digital stamps, or “digital franking,” will be used. These digital stamps will be stored in the data cubes and will be verified via blockchain technology once installed on the Moon. This verification process will ensure that the data is complete and untampered with.
An interesting aspect of using blockchain technology for data storage on the Moon is that it can serve as a way for future astronauts to check in on the Moon and verify their interactions through the blockchain. This could potentially debunk any conspiracy theories surrounding future Moon landings.
According to the head of innovation at Digital Isle of Man, NASA has found it challenging to refute the notion that it fabricated the Moon landings between 1969 and 1972. While the blockchain may not be able to convince conspiracy theorists of the authenticity of past lunar landings, it can serve as an indisputable register for future human landings on the Moon.
In conclusion, NASA and its partners are using blockchain technology to verify data stored on the Moon as part of the Artemis mission. This technology will provide an immutable and indisputable record of human interactions on the Moon, debunking any potential conspiracy theories and ensuring the integrity of future Moon landings.