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edit 1: updated with 2nd Captains entry- conversation with Rosetta Mission

edit 2: updated with 3rd Captains entry- comms with Alexander Gerst

edit 3: updated with 4th Captains entry - comms with Alexander Gerst

edit 4: updated with 5th Captains entry - Philea away team 12/11/14


The Rosetta Disk fits in the palm of your hand, yet it contains thousands of pages of information on over 1,500 human languages. The pages are microscopically etched and then electroformed in solid nickel, a process that raises the text very slightly - about 100 nanometers - off of the surface of the disk. Each page is only 400 microns across - about the width of 5 human hairs - and can be read through a microscope at 650X as clearly as you would from print in a book. Individual pages are visible at a much lower magnification of 100X.

The pictures above is from an interactive version of the Rosetta Disk that gives you an idea what it is like to browse the contents of an actual Rosetta Disk through a microscope. The interactive version shows the first prototype design of the Rosetta Disk which has two sides.

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Rep Fest: I feel like in the Classic Rock/Music fandom a lot of people are really preoccupied with the British Invasion artists and other white artists (ie: Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly etc, etc.) They don’t seem to know about some of the black artists that were making just as big of a splash in America at that time. So, I thought this was a good time to showcase some of the awesome black men and women who were making great music at that time.

Shown Above:
The Supremes - Chuck Berry
The Temptations - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Little Richard
James Brown - The Marvelettes
Aretha Franklin - The Isley Brothers

I know what you’re thinking, this is a Fender blog and Sister Rosetta Tharpe is playing a Gibson!

Well that may be true, but there’s a Telecaster on the chair there, and it’s too good a picture not to post.

When it comes down to it a guitar’s a guitar and we wouldn’t be playing what we’re playing today without Sister Rosetta inventing Rock n Roll.

Chuck Berry? Little Richard? Totally important, but Sister Rosetta Tharpe was doing it before them, and being a huge influence on them both.


Sister Rosetta Tharpe - This Train


We landed on a comet. We recorded the mysterious sounds the comet was making. And here those sounds have been transformed into a song.

That’s incredible, the European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully landed a spacecraft on a fucking comet, a comet!! They managed to land a 250 lbs spacecraft on top of an active, moving comet in our solar system! Sometimes humans do some evil, dumb shit, and then we do shit like this. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how incredible this is!