Chat: Time capsules and techwhirler challenges

Subject: Chat: Time capsules and techwhirler challenges
From: Geoff Hart <Geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 12:35:02 -0400

I just came across an interesting article in the June 1999 issue of
_Discover_. Apparently, Jean-Marc Philippe and Karin Jestin plan
(with the assistance of French aerospace giant Aerospatiale) to put
a CD-ROM[en]based time capsule into orbit early in the next
century. The current plan is to provide room for approximately 4
pages (6K) of text to anyone on the face of the planet who wants to
be included, uncensored, in the time capsule. For more details,
consult _Discover_ or go direct to the source:

There isn't any obvious techwhirler tie-in, other than the fact that
there's an ongoing effort to come up with a solution for providing a
key that will let our descendants 50 000 years down the road (the
projected lifespan of the satellite's orbit) decipher the information.
That might be a very interesting information design project indeed!
No word on whether they've chosen Word or Frame for compiling
the letters... <gdr>

This is a simply marvelous opportunity to provide our future kin with
a snapshot of the world at the end of the current millenium. Of
course, the tricky part is deciding what to say...

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

"If pro is opposite of con, then what is the opposite of progress?"--Anon. (possibly Richard Lederer

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