1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent Traveling to Mars

Posted on February 15, 2012 by

NASA/JPL-CaltechOn August 5 or 06, 2012 a 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent is expected to land in Mars.

The coin is traveling as part of a calibration target that will be attached to the Mars rover called Curiosity. Taking the 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent into space is a tradition used by astronauts where they place it next to objects from outer space for size comparison purposes when they show the images to the public.

The 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln cent belongs to Ken Edgett who is Mahls princiipal investigator. The coin was photographed sometime in August 2011 at the Kennedy Space Center in as they were preparing the rover Curiosity for the launch.

The 1909 V.D.B. cent will be accompanied by nine other scientific instruments. Curiosity’s major mission is to find evidence on whether there were ever enviromental conditions that supported microbial life.

Image by NASA


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  1. Jon Coolidge says:

    Imagine in a century or two, the pedigree of that coin in a collection of a well-heeled Martian colonist!

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