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Preserve the Human Genome in your Home or Office, Send to Moon


UPDATE: "BANG, ZOOM! Straight to the Moon!"

This Kickstarter has just gone from a 10,000 year archiving project to a 1 Billion year archiving project! Thanks to the vision of Lowry Burgess, the former dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University and head of the mission's Moon Arts Project, the university's engineers and artists have made room for the Human genome discs on their lunar lander.

"One of these days, one of these days..." 

Launching in 2015. 

More information on the university's mission, their status, and the Moon Arts Project can be found at:


Printing and Archiving the Human Genome

NanoRosetta is seeking to bring the archival industry into the modern age by using nanotechnology to print analog information onto nickel discs. With a life-span of 10,000 years, no other technology can match the durability and longevity of these discs, and because of the microscopic size of the images printed on the discs, we are able to print high volumes of data that were once thought to be unprintable.

To showcase this paradigm-shifting technology, we are seeking to print multiple sets of all 3.2 BILLION characters of the Human genome on five nickel discs about the size of CDs. Previously, this task would have required a room of books to archive the information as analog data. 

Storing this information digitally may be effective in the short term, but for the purposes of long-term archiving, the computer, the operating system and the software would also need to be archived equally well. This is the Achilles heel of digital archiving, and the reason why an analog system is the only way to properly archive important data. 

Become a Custodian of the Human Genome-

No matter how well something is stored, it is always susceptible to a single point of failure.

This is where you come in.

With 80 custodians of the Human genome, with at least one custodian located on each continent, we can avoid the problem of a single point of failure and give you a unique piece to hang on your wall.


This is not only an archiving project. These discs make unique art pieces. 

The Human Genome, Nickel, Framed
The Human Genome, Nickel, Framed

Become a Noted Supporter- 

You do not have to become a custodian of the Human genome to make this project happen! You can become a Noted Supporter! For a pledge of $5, we will print your name, birth year, and home city into the information section of the Human genome. For $20 we will print a black and white photo of you as well! Add a family member to your photo for an additional $5. 

After funding, we will retrieve your image from the nickel discs, post them to our Facebook page and send you a copy (use it as your profile picture!).

Delivery Date:

OCTOBER 2013- 
Just in time for Christmas!


To create a stronger archiving project, we will be donating complete sets of discs to wonderful organizations aroung the world, such as the Long Now Foundation and the Internet Archive, among others.

We are also in communication with people that have rockets.

University of Leicester Human Genome Print

The University of Leicester printed the Human genome on paper to show how immense the data is:


Previously, our team was involved with the Long Now Foundation in creating the Rosetta Project:

Here is a gorgeous video describing the project:

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

NanoRosetta has all the tools to complete this project on time and on budget. Our team, under the name Norsam Technologies, used an older technology and worked with the Long Now Foundation on another project that seeks to preserve all the written human languages:

This will be the first project in which we will be populating an entire nickel disc (larger than 5 inches) at full capacity. We have calculated that the Human genome, with a considered margin for supporter images, will fit on a maximum of 5 discs. However, through optimization of the data we may be able to reduce this to a total of 3-4 discs.

NanoRosetta will be featured in Modern Healthcare in print and online on 4/6/2013.
This Kickstarter has also been featured on Mashable:

Norsam has been featured in Wired Magazine on several occasions:

*Funders beyond the first 80 nickel disc sets may expect a delay in receiving their reward. However, we will do our best to meet the shipping date of October for all funders.


  • This project fits into the field of "dark" archiving because there are simply better methods of reading and writing data (computers!), so we are not focused on retrieving the data.

    What computers cannot provide is longevity. This is what we provide.

    However the data can be retrieved with a very basic metallurgical microscope that costs about $500. We are currently developing a CNC-based microscope for a microfilm-style data retrieval.

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  • Only recently, the DNA of the bacterium H. Influenzae became the first complete genome ever sequenced. In less than 20 years since then, the idea of bring back extinct animals using their preserved and archived DNA is become a reality. It is conceivable that soon we will be able to construct an entire genome base-pair by base-pair. If no biological DNA is available, these discs can provide the blueprint for constructing the Human genome. For more on this exciting new field:

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  • The DNA sequence we are using doesn't belong to any one person. It is used for research in the study of Human genes and genomic regulatory regions. This means that this DNA is anonymous, yet is nonetheless Human DNA.

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  • This project is uniquely suited to a crowdfunding platform. This project concerns us all and it should be voted for by us, funded by us and distributed directly to us. These discs can then be cared for directly by us.

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  • Great question! Many years ago when Norsam was using a Focused Ion Beam to effect a similar nickel product, we had Los Alamos National Labs conduct stress tests to determine the rate of data loss under extreme conditions like being submersed in saline solutions and fire simulation. These results can be compared to paper archives, microfilm and digital storage.
    The report can be found here:

    The 10,000 year claim is based on the properties of nickel, which is not only an ideal medium for the process of electroforming in which copies are "grown" from master discs (producing negatives from a positive parent), but is also highly resistant to corrosion. Gold and platimum are slightly more resistant to corrosion but are not ideal for electroforming and are prohibitively expensive.

    The 10,000 year claim is actually a bit limiting. There is no reason that a nickel disc cannot survive longer. The inventor of the original technology, a LANL employee, designed this system as a solution to New Mexico's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant which requires that its systems be certified for 10,000 years. In addition, the Long Now Foundation, the developer of the 10,000 year clock, has determined for itself that these discs can survive alongside their clock. Since then, the 10,000+ year statement has stuck.

    Hope this helps!

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    As a thank you for your support, you will become a NOTED SUPPORTER by having your 1) NAME, 2) BIRTH YEAR and 3) HOME CITY etched into every set of human genome prints.

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    Become a NOTED SUPPORTER as above and add a BLACK & WHITE PHOTO of yourself to be etched into every set of the human genome disc prints. (Add $5 per family member added to photo) We will post these images to our Facebook page and send it to you.

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