The Voyager Golden Record
Ed Comment: Interesting to note about the Golden Record is that Sumerian and Akkadian greetings were included on it, placed first among the greetings. The Record is a gold-plated copper disk. Gold draws the attention to Sitchin's theory about the Annunaki spawning Sumerian Culture and mining Gold.
Is there another kind of "communication" going on here?
Listen to the sounds included on the disc.
Here's the images included on the disc.
More from NASA/JPL: The Golden Record - Celebrating 25 Years of Discovery.
Voyagers' Records Wait for Alien Ears
Listen to the NPR report and short interview with Timothy Ferris.
Thirty years ago this summer, two spacecraft lifted off from Earth. Both carried a gift for any extra-terrestrial life that might be on the receiving end.
Voyager 1 and its cousin, Voyager 2, carried rock-and-roll by Chuck Berry, jazz by Louis Armstrong, Bach, Beethoven, and other music from around the world.
The 27 pieces were contained in a copper record, accompanied by a needle and playback instructions.
Neither spacecraft will reach another star system anytime soon. Still, scientists are celebrating the anniversary of some of the hardest-working spacecraft in the cosmos.
Originally built to explore Jupiter and Saturn, today Voyager 1 is farther from Earth than any other human-made object and speeding outward at more than 38,000 miles per hour. Both spacecraft are still sending scientific information about their surroundings to Earth.
Ferris says that the committee that chose the music consulted with performers, musicologists, composers, and others before they narrowed down the selections. Naturally, they ran into political pressure.
"Someone told me that we should have an Irish song because Tip O'Neill was Speaker of the House at the time," Ferris recalls.
It will be around 40,000 years before the spacecraft make a close approach to any other planetary system. But Ferris and NASA scientists expect the nuclear-powered Voyager crafts to live on, perhaps one day meeting beings who might give the craft's golden contents a spin.
Liane Hansen spoke with Ferris about the Voyager's music and its long life.
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