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Curiosity’s Message to Mars

An image from Curiosity’s Mastcam shows the rover’s sundial mounted on its back. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

While Curiosity is definitely loaded up with some of the most high-tech instruments ever made to investigate the surface of Mars, it also carries one very low-tech instrument: a sundial, which can be used to determine the position of the Sun in the sky and the season on Mars — just like they do here on Earth. Curiosity’s sundial also has a message inscribed upon it, a message that likely won’t be read by anyone for a very long time — just how long is entirely up to us.

What is it? Find out here.

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on August 21, 2012, in Mars and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. A message very inspired and perhaps carrier to good news… on the martian life per example !!

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