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Stephen Colbert's DNA Rocketed into Space

Think the end of the world. For some that is a bunch of science fiction nonsense, but for others the idea that humanity could someday be wiped out by a nuclear holocaust or a doomsday virus or an environmental catastrophe is not hard to imagine. In fact, they are already thinking about how to keep that from happening. Somehow, after the unthinkable happens, we have to find a way to resurrect humanity.

Enter comedian Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. The man has DNA, and someone thinks his DNA is the perfect "seed" for a new humanity. Really! In the fall of 2008, Colbert's DNA was digitized and sent to the International Space Station to be kept in a time capsule. The courier for the DNA was video game tycoon Richard Garriott, who spent ten days in space in October of 2008 as a space tourist. In a statement Garriott explained, "In the unlikely event that earth and humanity are destroyed, mankind can be resurrected with Stephen Colbert's DNA …. Is there a better person for us to turn to for this high-level responsibility?"

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