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Now WHY was THIS penny used to calibrate the camera on the Curiosity ???

 
Hitndahedfred
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Now WHY was THIS penny used to calibrate the camera on the Curiosity ???
I just now found this image while checking out some Curiosity images from mars.

They used a 1909 penny.

Don't you find this a bit odd?

I find it odd enough to ask here.

wtf

Check it out here
[link to www.space.com]

It appears from the description that this coin IS now on Mars.

Last Edited by Hitndahedfred on 02/01/2013 11:38 AM
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Re: Now WHY was THIS penny used to calibrate the camera on the Curiosity ???
not sure op.

that seems to be the rarest lincoln penny for coin collectors.

i dont know bout its significance in relation to curiosity.
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Re: Now WHY was THIS penny used to calibrate the camera on the Curiosity ???
They used the 1909 penny, and positioned it on the unit in such a way that an alien race that has some semblance of familiarity with our planet, might think this was a very old device. Perhaps having something to do with research treaties with nearby alien races. The dot-gov wanted to give it a 'backdated' appearance.
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Re: Now WHY was THIS penny used to calibrate the camera on the Curiosity ???
Well the vending machines on Mars are pretty old.
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Re: Now WHY was THIS penny used to calibrate the camera on the Curiosity ???
The penny was real copper.
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Re: Now WHY was THIS penny used to calibrate the camera on the Curiosity ???
Too bad we can not see the other side of the coin.
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02/04/2013 07:11 AM
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Re: Now WHY was THIS penny used to calibrate the camera on the Curiosity ???
I believe 1909 was the true year of "first contact."

Copper is used in batteries.

Copper is positive.

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