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