Leonardo da Vinci's Self-Portrait

July 24, 2012

An etched version of Leonardo da Vinci's self-portrait on the Microchip to be placed aboard NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover.

Leonardo da Vinci's Codex on Bird Flight, a document from about 1505 was reproduced on a microscopic scale and fastened to the chip on Curiosity. Leonardo's self-portrait is also on the rover, along with some essays, drawings, and other submissions from finalists and semi-finalists who participated in the "Send Your Name to Mars" rover naming contest opportunity.


Biblioteca Reale, Turin, in collaboration with NASA/JPL-Caltech


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