The Voyager Golden Record: Humanity's Message to the Stars

In 1976, NASA and a crack team led by Carl Sagan had a message for aliens — and the people of Earth.

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  • Image of Jupiter's Great Red Spot taken by Voyager 1 in 1979.

    Photo Credit: NASA Solar System Exploration / Flickr (CC)

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The message is intended for humans, not just aliens

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  • Gold plating is put on one of the records in August 1977.

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The content is meant to be both inclusive and unambiguous

The Golden Record is just one of many messages humans have sent to space

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  • Sound of Earth is attached to Voyager 1 in 1977.

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The 'golden' records are actually copper

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  • Etching is performed on one of the records on July 28th, 1977.

    Photo Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Flickr (CC)

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