You’ve got to give NASA credit — they do all the cool stuff. The latest offering from the space agency is a recording of the Golden Records we sent off into space in 1977’s Voyager mission.
The Golden Records were intended to represent life and culture on Earth, in the hopes a distant alien race might eventually find it (and be into vintage vinyl). Basically, it’s a fancy and creative time capsule, featuring everything from a recording of rain to classical music from Mozart and Beethoven. Oh, and some tunes from Chucky Berry and Blind Willie Johnson, to show we knew how to rock a little bit, too.
To put it much more beautifully, here’s how Carl Sagan described the project at the time:
“The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this 'bottle' into the cosmic 'ocean' says something very hopeful about life on this planet.”
To that end, NASA has released MP3 recordings of all the sounds included in the record. It makes for a weirdly cool playlist, and it’s quite fascinating to think these are the sounds meant to represent life on Earth at its most distilled level.
(Via Popular Science)