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Photo Album Of Human History Launched Into Space

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:07:21 -0500
Archived: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:07:21 -0500
Subject: Photo Album Of Human History Launched Into Space

Source: Space.Com


27 November 2012

Photo Album Of Human History Launched Into Space
by Leonard David

A new communications spacecraft being hurled into the heavens
might seem like ho-hum news, but one particular satellite is
carrying what may be one of the longest-lasting material
artifacts of contemporary civilization.

Artist Trevor Paglen's "The Last Pictures" is an archival disc
containing 100 photographs representing modern human history =97 a
disc affixed to the exterior of the newly lofted EchoStar XVI

The full artifact attached to the spacecraft is composed of two
interlocking gold-plated aluminum jackets housing the silicon
disc on which the photographs are nano-etched. The gold-plated
shell was designed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) and Carleton College.

And just in case visitors from afar happen upon EchoStar XVI,
there's a cover etching, a temporal map consisting of a star
chart, pulsar timings and other information describing the epoch
from which the spacecraft came. [Art Time Capsule to Live
Forever in Space (Video)]

[More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead]

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