The Long Now foundation “was established in 01996* to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-tern cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today’s accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.”
(The European Space Agency also has some more great photos of the Rosetta craft and the 67P Comet on Flickr.)
The Long Now has been participating in the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission for over a decade and there is even a copy of the Long Now's Rosetta disk, an archive of 1,500 human languages, onboard the Rosetta Probe.
P.S. In September, we wrote about artist Katie Paterson’s wonderful Future Library project and the Long Now did too. Their story has lots of interesting details and is worth a read.