Jack White Plays The First Vinyl Record In Space

Mission Complete

Two weeks ago, we got a tease of what Jack White was up to with his space-vinyl project. Over the long weekend, a series of videos were released documenting the record breaking feat he’s been trying to accomplish for the last four years.

Third Man Records and electronics consultant/engineer Kevin Carrico have been talking about playing a record in space for nearly half a decade and just revealed that they did it… a month ago! See the video recap here, and the full flight mission at the bottom of this post.

In celebration of Third Man Record’s 7th Anniversary, the ICARUS CRAFT played Third Man’s 3 millionth record pressed, on a custom “space-proof” turntable. ICARUS reached it’s peak altitude of 94,413 feet after an one hour and 20 minutes of flight, cruising to John Boswell’s composition of Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn.”

View the full flight mission below.

Jack White commented on his mission,

“Our main goal from inception to completion of this project was to inject imagination and inspiration into the daily discourse of music and vinyl lovers. Combining our creative impulses with those of discovery and science is our passion, and even on the scale that we are working with here, it was exhilarating to decide to do something that hasn’t been done before and to work towards its completion. And, it brings us great fulfillment to pay tribute to the incredible scientist and dreamer that Carl Sagan was. We hope that in meeting our goal we inspire others to dream big and start their own missions, whatever they may be.“

A fairly outrageous task, but Jack White and crew saw it through. What’s next?

The full flight footage can be seen below: