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Rosetta Mission
Long Now Rosetta Project (Clip)
Date: January 18, 2014
Running Time: 00:15:00

Laura Welcher, Director of the Rosetta Project, introduces us to the Rosetta Disk, a three-inch puck of microscopically etched nickel and titanium documenting 1,500 human languages. Inspired by the ancient Egyptian Rosetta stone, the Rosetta disk is intended to serve as a long-term cultural backup, a durable archive of ever-evolving (and rapidly disappearing) linguistic forms. A copy of the disk is currently on board NASA’s Rosetta spacecraft.
Rosetta is a spacecraft en route to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it will make the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted.

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