Recently I've seen the socalled Golden Record of the Voyager spacecraft mentioned several times. So, to humour my inner space buff, I decided to look it up.

You don't know what the Golden Record is???

The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. It also includes images (in analog form), sounds of Earth, greetings in 55 languages, and music.

I think that it's incredibly fascinating that approx. 14.1 million kilometres from the Earth there's a teeny tiny spacecraft carrying an even smaller gold disk with sounds and images of the Earth as humans perceive it.

Even more fascinating is it that, if we have any luck with our current behaviour, one day, that disk, on that spacecraft, will be the only things remaining of the Earth. :-/ We really should take better care of our home. And of each other.

Some of the images:
Diagram of male and female, Jon Lomberg
Birth, Wayne Miller
Diagram of family ages, Jon Lomberg
Family portrait, Nina Leen, Time, Inc.
Diagram of continental drift, Jon Lomberg
Structure of Earth, Jon Lomberg
Heron Island (Great Barrier Reef of Australia), Dr. Jay M. Pasachoff
Seashore, Dick Smith
Snake River and Grand Tetons, Ansel Adams
Sand dunes, George Mobley

And some of the music:
Bulgaria, "Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin," sung by Valya Balkanska.
Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes.
Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, "The Fairie Round," performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London.
Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service.
Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen.
China, ch'in, "Flowing Streams," performed by Kuan P'ing-hu.
India, raga, "Jaat Kahan Ho," sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar.
"Dark Was the Night," written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson.
Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by Budapest String Quartet.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:40 PM