Thursday, October 12, 2006

Yahoo cancels use of Mexico pyramid

Yesterday, I blogged about the Yahoo Time Capsule project and Yahoo's intention of using the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, Mexico to beam the Time Capsule to space. Now, the Mexican authorities have told Yahoo they can't use their pyramid. From Reuters:
"We did have the permit, but Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) told us Monday night that it could not be done," Manuel Mazzanti, head of marketing at Yahoo Mexico, said on Wednesday.

An INAH spokesman said the Yahoo event posed technical and operational problems that might damage Teotihuacan. "We are the guardians of the heritage of Mexico," the spokesman said.

Mexico is highly protective of its archaeological sites, many of which are subject to nonstop tourist traffic and are must-sees for dignitaries and artists from around the world.

Yahoo's Mazzanti said the company was looking for another launch site for the event but had ruled out Mexico.
That's a pity because I think it could have been an awesome sight. Maybe they should give it a try at the Giza Pyramids in Egypt instead.

Previously: Yahoo Time Capsule to be beamed to space

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