The Phoenix DVD

On May 25, 2008, the spacecraft Phoenix landed in the northern polar regions of the planet Mars. The lander completed its mission in August 2008, and made a last brief communication with Earth on November 2 as available solar power dropped with the Martian winter. The mission was declared concluded on November 10, 2008, after engineers were unable to re-contact the craft. Though not designed to survive the frigid martian winter, a small chance remains the lander may 'wake up' as spring sunshine returns to the landing site

Nestled among the instruments, a small and very special DVD is waiting 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. It is encoded with "Visions of Mars", a collection of scientific and science-fiction texts about Mars, depictions of Mars in art, and messages to future settlers of Mars. Also included are 250,000 names of Planetary Society members and others who signed up to send their name to Mars. More about the DVD can be found here, the Phoenix homepage is here.

Details about the DVD on Phoenix:

Date of Launch: August 4, 2007

Status: mission concluded on November 10, 2008

This image shows the DVD provided by The Planetary Society to the Phoenix mission. It is made of silica glass and contains 250,000 names of people who signed up to send their names to Mars. It also contains "Visions of Mars," messages to future Martian explorers, science fiction stories and art inspired by the Red Planet. The DVD is mounted on the deck of the lander, which sits about one meter above the Martian surface, visible in the background.

Credit: NASA / JPL / U. Arizona


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Image credit: NASA