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Voyager 1: the Golden Record


 

Voyager 1: the Golden Record

Included on both Voyager spacecraft are Golden Records, containing sounds and images that if they are found by extraterrestrial life forms, are supposed to best portray the diversity of life on Earth.

Flying board Voyagers 1 and 2 are identical

Flying board Voyagers 1 and 2 are identical "golden" records, carrying the story of Earth far into deep space. The 12 inch gold-plated copper discs contain greetings in 60 languages, samples of music from different cultures and eras, and natural and man-made sounds from Earth Photo: NASA

Two of the Pioneer probes, which were launched before Voyager 1 and 2 in the 1970s, were equipped with a small metal plaque stating the time and place of origin of the spacecraft onboard for the benefit of any space entity that they might encounter.

NASA got more creative with the Voyager probes however, and put together a sort of time-capsule – a selection of images and recordings – that they felt best represent the life on Earth.

Known as the Golden Record, the choice of sounds and music is intriguing. There is a selection of greetings from people in 55 different languages, as well as printed messages from former US President Jimmy Carter and other world leaders.

By Jasmine Malone 3:57PM GMT 14 Dec 2010

Voyager 1: the Golden Record –

www.Telegraph.co.uk

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December 14, 2010 - Posted by | Blogroll, Computers, Entertainement, Internet, Money, nature, People, Politics, Si-Fi, Space, Weird | , ,

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