(Edison's Last Breath, as bequeathed to Henry Ford)
There's ample consideration given to the meaningful last zingers of notables, and to the preservation of that final CO2...but here are suggestionsÂ from a few science heavyweightsÂ on what our first words on Mars should be, via NewMars:
Terry Pratchett Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author of the bestselling Discworld series
"This time, let's do it right."
Dr. David Brin
Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction author and physicist
"That's one small step for a... what the hell? Who's THAT?" (followed by static) "I claim this planet for Disneycorp." "Oooooh.... diamonds!"