NASA asks to create Bitcoin wallets to trade on Mars.
A former Facebook techie and present CEO and founder of an experimental content publishing platform Troider, has petitioned NASA, an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government, to “create Bitcoin wallets for Curiosity and Opportunity and put private keys on Mars.”
“Curiosity is a car-sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission… since landing on August 6, 2012,” according to Wikipedia. Opportunity is much older, landing in 2002, but remains on Mars, undertaking explorations.
If the rovers are provided with a private key, sending bitcoins to that address would count as sending it to Mars with the first such transaction being a historical and culturally revolutionary event, for man would have, for the first time, sent money to outer space, from earth.
The private key of wallet will be on Mars and that any transaction between that wallet and another wallet will be the transaction between Mars and Earth. Roman Koshlyak has detailed in a technical explanation giving an example that if one private key of bitcoin transaction located in Germany and another one in France, then this is a bitcoin transaction between Germany and France. Hence, the first private key is located on Earth and another private key located on Mars, then the transaction would be between Earth and Mars.
Accessing that money from Mars would be a different story. There are no humans on the planet and there is no internet in outer space. However, there are plans for both. Elon Musk, the founder of X.com, now known as PayPal, and the current founder of SpaceX, has revealed plans to send hundreds of satellites to space with the short-term aim of “creating a global communications system” and longer term plans of creating “a system that will stretch all the way to Mars”.
Musk has further revealed plans to colonize Mars itself, hoping to “make humans a “multi-planetary species” by creating a “self-sustaining city” on our nearest planet. Both plans are highly ambitious as no man has been to Mars, it has no atmosphere nor, as far as we know, water. The scale of the task would be enormous, but we do have the resources and ability to form such colony.
“If NASA will place a private bitcoin keys on Curiosity and Opportunity, even better if they will generate them on Mars, and provide public keys to people of Earth, we would be able to trade with Mars by paying to Curiosity and Opportunity,” Koshlyak said in a blog post.
Koshlyak’s petition still has a long way to go before it gets a response from the White House. Currently, six people have signed the petition, which needs 99,994 signatures by January 13, 2017.
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