Have you ever dreamed about communicating with extraterrestrials in a galaxy far, far away? How about making a mixed tape for them? This is essentially what astronomer, astrophysicist, and author Carl Sagan did with his Voyager Golden Record 40 years ago.
In 1977, NASA launched Voyager I and II into outer space with Sagan’s record mounted to each in hopes that one day the interstellar message would be received by an alien civilization. These records contain the history of mankind in audio: music of many cultures and eras, sounds of Earth (volcanoes, earthquake, frogs, birds, heartbeat, laughter, train, Saturn 5 Lift-off…), greetings in 55 languages, whale greetings, and much more (even images encoded in analog).
We may never know if the album was received by our extraterrestrial neighbors, but now YOU can experience this amazing document of Earth for the first time ever! In celebration of Voyager’s 40th anniversary in 2017, The Voyager Golden Record is being reissued for human enjoyment thanks to a team up between Boing Boing editor David Pescovitz, graphic designed Lawrence Azerrad, and Amoeba Music San Francisco’s own Timothy Daly. The only way to get one is to participate in the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter campaign, which ends on October 20, 2016.
The cloth-covered box set will house three heavyweight translucent gold vinyl records. The LPs will contain the same music, greetings, and sounds as contained on the original Voyager Golden Record, which is nearly two hours of audio (see the complete track list below). The box set includes a hardbound book of images from the original interstellar message, photos of the planets returned to Earth from the Voyager probes, essays, and ephemera from the project's history.