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Humanity's 'last pictures' in space disc

The Last Pictures Project is a photo exhibition that will launch on a satellite and enter permanent orbit around Earth. It's designed as a message to future aliens who discover the remains of our civilization.

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Space disc

A closeup of The Last Pictures time capsule by multimedia artist Trevor Paglen shows the gold-plated silicon disc that contains 100 black and white pictures. It's slated to launch with a communications satellite in a few months, and then continue to orbit the Earth indefinitely, perhaps outlasting humanity itself.
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Earliest art

The "pit scene" from the cave paintings at Lascaux, France. Discovered in 1940, the cave's stunning artwork is believed to be some 17,300 years old.
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Dust bowl

This scene shows a dust storm descending on a rural settlement in the 1930s. Severe droughts helped turn soil to dust and blow away.
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Shipping news

This shot from The Last Pictures gallery shows a ship navigating the Suez Canal in Egypt. Opened in 1867, the canal lets ships sail from Europe to Asia without going around Africa.
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First contact

Greek and Armenian orphan refugees are seen experiencing the seashore for the first time in their lives in Marathon, Greece.
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NORAD base

This image shows construction of the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The facility was built in the 1960s amid Cold War tensions.
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A Soyuz-FG rocket launches at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The vehicle is often used to service the International Space Station.
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Eye in the sky

Migrants are imaged by a Predator drone along the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency covers the southern border with Predator flights.
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Shot by astronaut William Anders, this powerful image of the Earth rising above the moon's horizon was taken during the Apollo 8 mission in 1968.
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Cherry blossoms

This quintessential image of springtime shows a flowering cherry tree. "Sakura" trees are celebrated every spring in Japan, where revelers party under the blossoms.

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