Israelis Look to Place Torah Scroll on the Moon

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 |  Israel Today Staff

An Israeli organization called “Torah on the Moon” is looking to do just what its name implies, deposit a hand-written Torah scroll on the surface of the moon.

There has been a Bible (including the New Testament) on the moon since 1971, when Apollo 15 Commander David Scott left behind a copy of the Christian holy text on the mission’s lunar rover.

“Torah on the Moon” said it wants to deposit a Torah scroll, which comprises the first five books of the Bible, in order to “celebrate the ancient book’s innumerable contributions to morality, justice, education, culture, art and sciences.”

To accomplish this goal, “Torah on the Moon” is reportedly in talks with the Barcelona Moon Team, one of the teams entered into the Google Lunar X Prize, a competition to successfully land a robot on the lunar surface.

According to the journal New Scientist, the European Space Agency has confirmed that it was commissioned to test a capsule meant to carry a Torah scroll to the moon. The capsule would protect the delicate scroll from radiation and severe temperatures for up to 10,000 years.

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