In 1977, NASA produced a series of recordings which were released into space for possible aliens to find. Forty years later, the space administration has finally decided to give people the chance to own these recordings. Therefore, they will be released on vinyl, and will be available for the public to purchase them for the first time.
The Voyager Golden Record will be released on vinyl
All the space recordings have been collected on a phonograph album called the Voyager Golden Record. It gathers music from Chuck Berry to Johann Sebastian Bach, but also nature calls, animal sounds, and greetings in 55 different languages. Two copies of the Golden Record have been released into space, aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts, and NASA hoped they will be found by aliens.
If people wanted to own the Golden Record, they had to support a Kickstarter campaign launched by Ozma Records. For the $1.4 million it had raised, the company released a limited number of copies on vinyl. However, they had to face quite a big demand, so they decided it was time to make it available to everyone. Therefore, they will produce a public vinyl release scheduled for the end of January 2018.
The Golden Record floating in space is dedicated to potential aliens
The first Golden Record to be produced is still in space, and it should have remained intact. It was made of copper, and then received a gold coating to keep it safe from the extreme radiation and harsh temperatures in the outer space.
Apart from the recordings, the Golden Record also contains some images, which should tell aliens a visual story about our planet. Among the 115 pictures, there is a mother nursing her child, a violin next to a sheet full of music, and an astronaut while out in space. Also, the record contains some directions on how it should be played, and a dedication for the aliens which might find it.
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