1. Since the world didn’t actually end in December 2012, the title of this cosmic time capsule, “The Last Pictures,” is something of a misnomer. Nevertheless, it’s currently traveling through space on a communications satellite, patiently waiting to explain our existence to future earthly inhabitants or anyone else who happens to stumble upon it after the planet meets its demise.
The project was designed by artist and author Trevor Paglen, who undoubtedly figured that he’d take advantage of the end-of-the-world paranoia to garner some publicity for his work. Whatever his motivation, the one hundred photos included on the ultra-archival disc are truly amazing—depicting everything from cave paintings to nuclear explosions. In an effort to accurately convey what life was like on the planet, Paglen spent five years consulting with scientists, anthropologists, artists, and philosophers to get their take on mankind’s most important cultural landmarks.
The Last Pictures are nano-etched on the disc, surrounded by a gold casing, and expected to last billions of years.

    Since the world didn’t actually end in December 2012, the title of this cosmic time capsule, “The Last Pictures,” is something of a misnomer. Nevertheless, it’s currently traveling through space on a communications satellite, patiently waiting to explain our existence to future earthly inhabitants or anyone else who happens to stumble upon it after the planet meets its demise.

    The project was designed by artist and author Trevor Paglen, who undoubtedly figured that he’d take advantage of the end-of-the-world paranoia to garner some publicity for his work. Whatever his motivation, the one hundred photos included on the ultra-archival disc are truly amazing—depicting everything from cave paintings to nuclear explosions. In an effort to accurately convey what life was like on the planet, Paglen spent five years consulting with scientists, anthropologists, artists, and philosophers to get their take on mankind’s most important cultural landmarks.

    The Last Pictures are nano-etched on the disc, surrounded by a gold casing, and expected to last billions of years.

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