When NASA was preparing to launch the Voyager missions in the 1970s, the famous astronomer Carl Sagan and others affiliated with the project wanted to send a snapshot of humanity to any intelligent life beyond this planet. They created what became known as the Golden Records, two gold-plated copper discs (one for each of the Voyager ships) filled with images and sounds of life on Earth.
The engravings on the cover explained how to play the discs and where the Earth is located in the universe, and buried inside the engravings of the records were the images of the Earth.
Then, of course, those discs were catapulted into space. Forty years later, the spacecraft in which they travel are the objects produced by more distant humans ever, with Voyager 1 considered outside the limits of the solar system. But soon the records will be available here on Earth once again.
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Chuck Berry, whose music was included in the Golden Record, performed at a party celebrating the planetary's latest planetary fly. NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Caltech
Sagan was hoping that the recordings would be available all the time, but so far they had only been produced before on a CD in the decade of 1990. So Timothy Ferris, who produced the original records, and two collaborators created a Kickstarter project to recreate the Golden Records, which grossed more than $ 1.3 million last year.
The team tracked the master tapes and was able to transfer the audio to create a boxed set of three new vinyl LPs, available for pre-order now and shipped in February. There is also a two-CD version if it is better suited to your listening methods.
Because replicas do not need to survive interstellar travel, they are standard vinyl records, rather than the original golden copper design. In addition, the original records crammed into more content are designed to be played at a third of the speed than the standard ground logs. They filled it with greetings in 55 different languages, then they had 90 minutes to fill it with music.
The Golden Record team enlisted the help of a music historian to make the final selections, which come from all over the world. The songs include pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, traditional aboriginal and New Guinea songs, a Peruvian nuptial song, a Navajo song, a Louis Armstrong performance of "Melancholy Blues" and "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry.
Additional copies of the original records were produced before the launch, but even Sagan could not find a copy a year after the Voyager missions left Earth: NASA had already distributed all but one, which they were holding for the president Jimmy Carter .