This Year’s Most Anticipated Record Was Produced By NASA

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A cool piece of space history is getting a new chapter it seems. Forty years ago NASA launched two copies of The Voyager Golden Record into space aboard the Voyager I and II spaceships.

The golden records 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. The aim was to depict who, what, we are.

The record was conceive by a committee that included Carl Sagan, Alan Lomax, and others and was intended as a message to extra-terrestrial beings and contained instructions on how to listen.


Now, forty years later you get your very own copy. The “Golden Record” will be released next year after a kickstarter campaign raised close to $200,000. The box set will come with a bunch of special features that you can see here.