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Images and Sounds on Voyager's Golden Record

Chris Higgins

The Voyager 1 probe was launched in 1977. Among other things, it carries a golden record (actually, gold-plated copper) onboard, containing songs, sounds, and images from Earth, all selected by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan. Back in 2007, our own Jason English published a list of songs on the record, but there's more than music -- in this NPR video, some of the images encoded on the record are shown as well. Have a look:

Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan's Earth Guide For Aliens from NPR on Vimeo.