Voyager Space Probe's Golden Record Replica Set Now Available To Purchase

September 23, 2016


In 1977 NASA launched the Voyager and Voyager II space probes to take a tour of the solar system before continuing off into interstellar space. Attached to each probe is a golden record to serve as "an interstellar message to introduce our civilization to extraterrestrials who might encounter the probes." What's on the record? Let me copy/paste that for you while I eat a handful of almonds because my doctor told me they're healthy. He's fat though. I guess he's more of a 'do as I say, not as I do' kind of doctor. Are you supposed to smoke in the examination room?

The Voyager Golden Record contains the story of Earth expressed in sounds, images, and science: Earth's greatest music from myriad cultures and eras, from Bach and Beethoven to Blind Willie Johnson and Chuck Berry, Senegalese percussion to Solomon Island panpipes. Dozens of natural sounds of our planet -- birds, a train, a baby's cry -- are collaged into a lovely sound poem. There are spoken greetings in 55 human languages, and one whale language, and more than one hundred images encoded in analog that depict who, and what, we are.

Etched on the record's gold-plated aluminum jacket is a diagram explaining where it came from, and how to play it.

Each $98 set comes packaged in a cloth covered box with gold inlay and includes three gold-colored translucent records, a hardcover book, and a lithograph. Fancy! Also, did people get to vote for what they wanted on the record or did NASA choose it all? *Wikipedias* Okay, a NASA committee headed by Carl Sagan chose the contents. *shrug* I guess I trust Carl to not get us killed by the aliens.

Keep going for several more shots and a video. You can see the whole track listing on their already funded Kickstarter page HERE.







Thanks to Sandy, who shoots for the stars. Me? I shoot for the trashcan and miss and that's why my apartment has mice.

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