Fly Your Name To MARS!
On The Phoenix DVD
"In May of 2008, the spacecraft Phoenix will land in the northern polar regions of the planet Mars. One after the other, the spacecraft’s scientific instruments will come alive, and begin their search for water ice in the harsh Martian environment. Nestled among busy instruments, a small and very special DVD will wait patiently for its turn. This unique DVD is made of silica glass, and designed to last hundreds if not thousands of years into the future, when its true mission will commence. It carries nothing less than a message from our world to one centuries away, when humans will roam the Red Planet.
NASA’s Phoenix will be the first lander to explore the Martian arctic, landing near 70 degrees north latitude. Led by Principal Investigator (PI) Peter Smith of The University of Arizona, with project management by JPL, it is a fixed lander with a suite of advanced instruments and a robotic arm that will dig up to a meter into the soil. Its purpose is to look for and study the water ice that is expected to be found there. The mission will launch in August of 2007, and land on Mars in May, 2008."(Quoted from http://www.planetary.org)
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7amaas… thts great, keep it for hundreds of generations for other people to see…
But they didn\’t say what the message will be, apart from the names, did they?
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The text just below the center of the disk reads:“ This archive, provided to the NASA Phoenix mission by The Planetary Society, contains literature and art (Visions of Mars), greetings from Mars visionaries of our day, and names of 21st century Earthlings who wanted to send their names to Mars. This DVD-ROM is designed to be read on personal computers in 2007. Information is stored in a spiral groove on the disc. A laser beam can scan the groove when metallized or a microscope can be used. Very small bumps and holes represent the zeroes and ones of digital information. The groove is about 0.74 micrometres wide. For more information refer to the standards document ECMA-268 (80 mm DVD Read-Only Disk). "More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_(spacecraft)
Hi there! I’m around 4 years too late for this but how cool! Don’t think I’d even entered blogging world then, though I could be wrong…wish I’d known then what i know now 🙂
No problem Europa 🙂 Hopefully next time.. 🙂