Back in 1977, NASA launched two very interesting phonograph albums into space. Both were identical, containing sounds from the nature and from animals, along with certain types of music, from rock to classical. They put one aboard the Voyager 1, and the other aboard the Voyager 2. Those albums were recorded onto 12-inch, golden disks and whoever wants to listen to them can do it on either Soundcloud or in physical format, on a normal CD.
However, now, it seems like the golden vinyl format is also going to be available for people here on Earth starting January. You can even preorder it if you want it so much. Carl Sagan along with a committee created this compilation which was meant for any alien life forms out there. It had the purpose of offering them a glimpse of our own world in the hope that they may want to come visit one day.
The “Voyager Golden Record”
The “Voyager Golden Record” contains, among other interesting things, greetings in 55 languages, sounds from the nature, sounds from animals, a baby’s cry, and even classical music from Beethoven and Bach. There is also more modern music like Chuck Berry’s famous Johnny B. Goode.
A Kickstarter campaign worth $1.4 million originally funded this vinyl project. The idea was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launches of the two Voyager spacecraft. It’s worth noting that the fastest of them two, Voyager 1, is now about 31 billion miles away from Earth.
According to Ozma Records, who is getting ready to launch this extraordinary record, this project is the definitive proof that science and art can blend very well together. Especially when they have a common purpose, that to unite people and to search for signs of alien life out there.
The record also contains a message from then-United States president Jimmy Carter. In it, he is defining the record as a “present form a small and distant world”. He also shares his hopes that one day, we will be worthy of receiving messages from other civilizations.
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