The Voyager Golden Record

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What is the Golden Record? Why was it produced?

 

“Pioneers 10 and 11, which preceded Voyager, both carried small metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin for the benefit of any other spacefarers that might find them in the distant future. With this example before them, NASA placed a more ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2-a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.”

 

– http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/goldenrec.html

“… a two hour metal record containing images, music, and other sounds and greetings. A multimedia presentation for the ages”…”All the information was encoded onto discs which were coated in copper and gold to protect them through the ages. Each record was accompanied by a stylus and a cartridge, and most importantly, a set of instructions on how to play it.”

– History channel’s ‘History’s Lost & Found’ on the Voyager Record

 

Who designed it?

A committee chaired by Carl Sagan selected the contents of the record.

 

The contents of the record.

Dr.Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds.

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