Hear the Golden Records aboard NASA's Voyager
In 1977, two gold-plated discs containing information about Earth and its inhabitants were carried into space via NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes. Known as the 'Golden Records,' the discs included photographs and audio recordings taken of weather and life on Earth, including a few personal touches from scientist Carl Sagan. The records were sent into space with the hope that extraterrestrial life might find them and learn about our planet.
NASA uploaded the full track of each Golden Records onto Soundcloud this week. They're separated into separate tracks with names like "Horse and Cart," "Birds, Hyena, Elephant," and "Footsteps, Heartbeat, Laughter."
You can hear the rest of the Golden Records here.
Facts about: voyager 1
Voyager 1 is the farthest spacecraft from Earth and is currently in a “turbulent region of space.”
Voyager 1 will pass within 1.6 light-years of the star Gliese 445, currently in the constellation Camelopardalis, in about 40,000 years.
Carl Sagan noted that "the spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this 'bottle' into the cosmic 'ocean' says something very hopeful about life on this planet." Ironically, our own civilization has progressed quite a bit since we sent this analog records into space.
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