An 86-year-old American recently sent his DNA into space in the hope that aliens would clone him and represent the human species in an intergalactic zoo, reports the New York Times.
Kenneth Ohm, a retired physics professor, did business with the Celestis company, which since 1994 has sent private cargo into space.
Over the years, the company has launched a total of 17 commemorative spaceflights. These are loaded most of the time with human ashes of people who wanted to see their remains sent into space.
Cargoes are sometimes put into orbit around the Earth, other times they are launched into space without a specific destination. In other cases, they are directed towards the Moon.
This is the case with DNA samples from Kenneth Ohm; he hopes that extraterrestrial life forms will find his genes, clone him and he will find himself in a form of intergalactic zoo.
The octogenarian even joked that he dreamed of being cloned more than 1000 times so that the universe would be invaded by copies of him.