Voyager’s Golden Record is Now Available for Download

When the Voyager probes were launched in mid-1977, they were each equipped with the rarest record in the universe: gold photograph discs containing the sounds of planet Earth. You know, just in case aliens find one of them and want to know a little more about us. Carl Sagan was one of the curators who put this audio collection together.

Voyager 1 is now more than 19.6 billion km out there while Voyager 2 is 16.1 billion km away. The chances of any human being able to collect one of those two golden discs is less than zero. But would it be nice to have a copy of the audio from those discs?

There have been bits and pieces floating around the Internet for years. But now NASA had dumped a bunch of audio onto SoundCloud. Here’s a sample of the Golden Record.

(Via The Register)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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