The Voyager Golden Record is No Longer Just For Aliens; You Can Have It, Too

by Kara Powell

When we’re gone, what will be left of the human race? How will “they” (Whoever they are. Probably an extraterrestrial race of the robotic walking dead--not quite Transformers. Ancient Aliens doesn’t get it quite right either...) discover who we were, what we accomplished, and how we communicated?

Such questions of the void, typically avoided for sanity’s sake, were answered in 1977 by dare-to-disturb-the-universe astrophysicist Carl Sagan when he attached the Pioneer Plaque and Voyager Golden Record to spacecraft Voyagers 1 and 2 to be received by celestial-surfing aliens as "a gift from humanity to the cosmos." 

Cut to today. Vinyl is hot again. And The Voyager Golden Record is set for a relaunch into the e-commerce orbit by label Ozma Records. This time to be spun right around as both a piece of conceptual art and scientific achievement. The record, available for purchase on December 1, contains the greatest hits like "Sounds of Earth," a compilation of bird sounds, a baby's cry, kissing, classical music, spoken greetings in a multitude of languages, and more than 100 images encoded in analog.

On December 15, Ozma is offering (via LITA) two deluxe versions: a Russian doll for a gift just in time for the holidays that includes two CDs and a 96-page book with encoded images and producer of Voyager Interstellar Record and man of science Timothy Ferris' 1977 essay on the missions. The most evolved version will comprise of a 3-LP box set and all the golden trappings of the previous version for release to LITA in February. December 1 and 15 versions are available for preorder now. 

While waiting for the music to start, vinyl fans can keep tabs on the twin Voyagers' ongoing mission to find life elsewhere by visiting NASA's Voyagers status site