CONTROVERSY: NASA mission takes human DNA and remains to the Moon

United Launch Alliance (ULA), a giant aerospace company, and Astrobotic took a rocket with the Peregrine probe into space on January 8 the moon.

The equipment, however, will not be the only load. The North American Space Agency (NASA) and the US government U.S They took advantage of the trip to transport sets of human DNA and human remains. That’s what you read.

The so-called “space memorial” is already sold by two companies, Celestis and Elysium Space. The first sends biological material into deep space, while the other takes human remains to the Moon.

Immediate controversy

Commercial missions to the Moon became the target of protest and NASA is questioned for its participation – Photo: Reproduction

The proposal, of course, became a huge controversy. The president of the Navajo Nation (Indian territory in the USA), Buu Nygren, even filed a formal complaint with the space agency, in which he calls the act “desecration”.

“It is crucial to emphasize that the Moon holds a sacred position in many indigenous cultures, including our own,” Nygren wrote.

The letter was published on December 21st. He also requested that NASA postpone the mission until cancellation requests were analyzed with due criteria.


As the mission date approached, NASA representatives chose to rebut the criticism. According to them, the mission is a private commercial effort and the agency only hired the rocket to carry their scientific loads.

“We have no right to tell them what they can or cannot carry. The approval process does not go through NASA for commercial missions,” said Chris Culbert, Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Culbert’s co-worker, NASA Science Mission Directorate’s deputy associate administrator for exploration, Joel Kearns, mused that such commercial missions could generate even more controversy in the future.

For him, commercial payloads not belonging to NASA will be a cause for concern for some communities, who may not understand the commercial nature of these missions.

Possibility of protests

Kearns further adds that these payloads can be used for advertising purposes, which allows for more protests public.

These first commercial missions, in his view, will be crucial for the American agency and others to better understand how to regulate access to the Moon in the future.

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To evaluate the complaints, NASA created an analysis group through which the letter signed by the president of the Navajo Nation passed. However, the rocket took off successfully yesterday, Monday (8), so the mission was not postponed.