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The Rosetta Disk By The Long Now Foundation

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 14:17:30 -0700
Fwd Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 09:45:44 -0500
Subject: The Rosetta Disk By The Long Now Foundation

(Another Rosetta news item)

Besides carrying the instruments of my work groups, the Rosetta
spacecraft is carrying a 'Rosetta Disk' mounted under the
thermal  blankets of the orbiter, made by the Long Now


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This broad collection of creation stories is intended both as an
icon for the mission as well as a functional language recovery
tool for potential finders in unknown futures.

As an iconic object, the creation stories suggest a mythic frame
for the Rosetta Mission as it journeys to the Comet
67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to elaborate our understanding of the
scientific story of planetary genesis.

And as a linguistic tool, the 1,000 parallel Genesis
translations creates a contemporary version of the historic
Rosetta Stone, enabling finders to work from known languages to
decipher those on the disk unknown at the time of finding.

Whether the finders are human or otherwise, this broad archive
of human languages will hopefully offer a glimpse into the range
and diversity of vernacular symbolic systems used by the peoples
and cultures that have collectively sent the spacecraft.

This Rosetta Mission Rosetta Disk is a small platter of pure
nickel, 70mm in diameter and 0.3 mm thick, weighing 6-7 grams.

The 7,000 pages are micro-etched into the nickel as physical
images (think engraving at a very small scale), with each page
about a half millimeter tall.

Reading the texts on the disk requires a 500X microscope.

This high-density analog storage technology avoids the operating
system, application and format dependencies of digital storage
systems as well as the fast material decay rates of typical
digital storage media.

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Amara Graps, PhD
Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario, INAF - ARTOV,
Via del Fosso del Cavaliere, 100, I-00133 Roma, ITALIA


"Only a zit on the wart on the heinie of progress." Copyright
1992, Frank Rice

Terry W. Colvin, Sierra Vista, Arizona (USA)

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