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Mars Sundial Base To Be Built In Arizona

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@get2net.dk>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 05:48:25 GMT
Fwd Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 11:09:45 -0400
Subject: Mars Sundial Base To Be Built In Arizona 

Source: AP via the Arizona Central,




Extraterrestrial sundial base to be built in Arizona

The Associated Press

April 23, 1999

TUCSON -- Drawings submitted by children in six states have been
incorporated into the design of the first extraterrestrial
sundial, which will ride to Mars aboard a NASA spacecraft in

Sheri Klug of Arizona State University asked children to send in
ideas for the sundial, and about 160 of them responded with
drawings and e-mails.

"We asked them, if you had a chance to help design something
that was going to be put on another planet, what message would
you send? What would you include and why?" said Klug, director
of ASU's Mars Education and Outreach Program.

A design team took the students' artwork and suggestions and
incorporated them into the final product, which was unveiled
Wednesday at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

The base of the aluminum sundial is a square 3 inches high on
the sides. Photo etching and engraving will be used to apply
drawings and lettering to the base and its four side panels.

The sundial base will be manufactured at Arizona State, Klug

One student idea was to include text in many languages to
demonstrate the diversity of cultures on Earth. So the word
"Mars" will be engraved into the sundial in 24 languages.

The four gold-colored side panels bear artwork alongside a
written message to human explorers who seek out the landing site
of the robotic spacecraft, the Mars Surveyor 2001, in the

"A lot of these kids made little stick-figure drawings of
people. We used a few that were submitted, then drew a few of
our own that were in the same style," said design team member
Tyler Nordgren, an astronomer and artist at the U.S. Naval
Observatory in Flagstaff.

A message inscribed on the side panels describes the
spacecraft's mission.

"We sent this craft in peace to learn about Mars' past and about
our future," the message says. "To those who visit here, we wish
a safe journey and the joy of discovery."

The drawings came from students in Washington, Idaho, California
and three other states. Arizona wasn't represented. Details as
to whose were incorporated weren't available.

The Mars Surveyor 2001 lander is scheduled for launch in April
2001 and will land in January 2002.

Copyright 1999, Arizona Central

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