Synthetic Mars Rock,
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California. 2015 AD A remote frontier
It is no coincidence that both the first and last chronological man-made artefacts in the collection of The Museum of Technorealism are stones. This seemingly inconsequential piece of rubble represents one of the most significant artefacts of the museum's collection. Its material origin is unknown, but likely to be extremely modern, perhaps even from a 21st century building site. Its financial value is insignificant and its method of creation of no great importance to human technological development. It does, however, represent the idea of one of our greatest technological ambitions which, like all objects in The Museum of Technorealism, represents something both eternally ancient and immediately modern to what it means to be human.
This small piece of rubble was liberated from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, more specifically from the red-rubbled 'Mars-like' test site (named the Mars Yard), which was created as a test environment for an exact replica of the Curiosity Mars Rover.
Every time NASA needs to test a new task that Curiosity will undertake on the surface of Mars, they pull the Rover's replica out of its garage in California and reimagine the conditions of the surface of Mars on this Mars-like patch of red dirt made of rubble like this example piece. Even though it is now millions of miles away from the Earth, the Curiosity Rover is directly connected to us as a direct extension and mirror of ourselves.
Just like our first man-made creation of a flint hand axe, we will not relent in imagining ever more ambitious new goals, and creating the tools to achieve those goals, whether in the earthbound environment we have evolved in, or in a new remote environment millions miles away.