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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

no life on Mars, but there are movies

That little Phoenix thing that just landed on the Red Planet? It took along its own in-flight entertainment:

The disc – being described as the first interplanetary library – is made of a special silica glass designed to last hundred, if not thousands, of years into the future.

It… holds a collection of Mars-themed artwork, including a poster from a 1936 Flash Gordon film Mars Attacks the World and Orson Welles’s 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. Patrick Stewart as Star Trek’s Captain Picard also makes an appearance on the DVD.

The idea is to give future Martians a snapshot of how they were viewed on Earth – though, considering some of the content, it may not be met with the most favourable reception.

And I thought my region-free DVD player was cool for letting me watch DVDs from England. Now I want DVDs from another planet.

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