QUOTE (Marcel @ Sep 16 2005, 07:37 AM)
The phtalates (weakeners) in the transparent material a DVD or CD is made of, is thought to cause the disc to be useless in about 200 years (the material will get white, cracky stuff in the end).
So, they should have scratched our precious names on gold plates !!
Exactly - The Voyager Records will last at least 1 billion years. Even if those who find it cannot reproduce the 118 images on it, they can use the stylus and needle placed with the Records on the space probes, put the needles in the groove, and spin the Records to hear the sounds, languages, and music on them. Can't do that with a DVD.
Radiation will not destroy them (remember, one half of the Record is protected by the space probe body itself) and no fancy technology is required to read at least part of them.http://www.cedmagic.com/featured/voyager/voyager-record.html