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Gold Artifact To Orbit Earth In Hope Of Alien Retrieval

Lucas123 (935744) writes | about 2 years ago

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Lucas123 (935744) writes "The problem: What do you leave behind that billions of years from now, and without context, would give aliens an some kind of accurate depiction of mankind. The answer: A gold-plated silicon disc with just 100 photos. That's the idea behind The Last Pictures project, which is scheduled to blast off in the next few months from Kazakhstan and orbit the earth for 5 billion years. The photos, etched into the silicon using a bitmap format, were chosen over a five-year process that involved interviews with artists, philosophers, and MIT scientists, who included biologists, physicists, and astronomers. To each, was posed a single question: What photos would you choose to send into outer space? The answer became an eclectic mix of images from pre-historic cave paintings to a photo of a group of people taken by a predator drone."
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Gack... more junk mail (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | about 2 years ago | (#41546255)

Gack...
More junk mail

I would rather they toss some additional optical and radio frequency
corner cube reflectors on the moon and perhaps a pair of GPS
support references and transmitters on the moon as well.

I am of the opinion that the mass of the moon would make a
predictable and valuable reference for sensitive earth dynamics
measurements and earthquake assessment and a couple additional
devices would be a good thing. The moon is not wide enough for
a lot of things but optical targets could help with elevation
where GPS is terrible.

The RF targets would help with pointing for the smaller optical devices
in addition to providing a more accessible but less precise reference.

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