Listen in: Sounds of Voyager’s ‘golden record’ now on SoundCloud
WASHINGTON — Call it “Music for Extraterrestrials” — now available for humans.
In 1977, NASA sent two probes, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, into the cosmos. Both were equipped with “golden records,” phonograph recordings (how quaint that seems now!) of Earth sounds, along with images of human existence and scientific basics. Yes, the package also included a cartridge and needle.
A team led by Carl Sagan oversaw the content.
The audio portion of the golden records included music from Beethoven, Mozart, Blind Willie Johnson and Chuck Berry, as well as a message from then-President Jimmy Carter. (The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” was intended for inclusion, but the idea was allegedly shot down by EMI, the group’s label.)
NASA has now uploaded the contents of the golden record to SoundCloud so humans — many of whom weren’t alive when Voyager 1 was launched into the universe — can hear what the aliens would hear.