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 http://tinyurl.com/c8ulasg 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 satellite. 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] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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