Sunday October 02, 2016

NASA Voyager Golden Record Kickstarter

Want to own a record that was originally produced for extraterrestrials? Now you can. The original was launched in 1977 and paired with the Voyager I and II spacecraft, which happen to be 13 billion miles away from Earth from now. The LP supposedly contains the best media that humanity had to offer, but I think someone should have fired the photo editor.

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 audio poem called Sounds of Earth. 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.