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The Voyager Golden Record

The Golden Records attached to the hulls of the Voyager 1&2 Deep Space Probes are mankind's ultimate "note in a bottle"

Voyager Golden Record

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Imagine walking along a shimmering sandy beach. You look out to sea and perhaps glimpse a fishing trawler working its nets. Further out to sea you see cargo ships destined to far off, seemingly unknowable lands. As peaceful as this scene is, you know that recent storms made the sea a dangerous place and have even reshaped the beach you are walking on.

Suddenly, just at the edge of the surf, you spy a green glass bottle with a cork jammed tightly into its neck. The glass of the bottle is intact but mostly covered with barnacles and other marine growth although you can see a note written on a tightly rolled slip of paper inside the bottle.

The "Note in a Bottle" is an old cliché, and it makes several assumptions that prove it is a desperate if inefficient means of communication. The sender hopes that his message will survive in its fragile container long enough to be read, far from a guaranteed result given the size and dangers of the sea. The most desperate assumption is that the message if it survives, will be found by someone who can read the message and cares enough to do something about it.

The Voyager Program was an outgrowth of the Mariner Probe Series which began launching in 1962. The Mariner Probes were designed to robotically explore the planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury. Although these probes were intended to explore the relatively close Inner Planets, the orbital mechanics and launch windows were exercises in mathematical wonder. However, they would pale in comparison to Voyager.

Originally scheduled to be Mariner 11 and 12, Voyager was enough of an advancement over the Inner Planetary probes to deserve a designation of their own. The Voyager Probes took advantage of a trajectory called the Planetary Grand Tour. Thanks to a planetary alignment that only occurs every 175 years, the probes could take advantage of a gravitational "assist" from the planets they flew by.

Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 and 2 would eventually fly past Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Once they completed their missions, the probes would continue into Interstellar Space, and with nothing to get in their way, who knows what or who will eventually find them?

The program afforded mankind to set adrift the ultimate "message in a bottle". From the time the idea was hatched, it was obvious that a handwritten note, no matter how well preserved, would be useless to its eventual recipients. A phonograph record was selected as a means of transferring data through the rigors of space. A diagram on the hull of each probe pictorially illustrates how the records are to be played.

The contents of what would be known as "The Voyager Golden Records" were selected by Cornell University astronomer Carl Sagan. They would include Greetings (read in English) from President Carter and United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, as well as words of greeting in 55 ancient and modern Earth languages. Also included were sounds of the natural world like weather, waves crashing, and songs of birds and whales. 

Voyager 1 became the first manmade object to travel beyond the Solar System in 2012, and radio signals from the probe, which travel at the speed of light, are not received by Earth-bound listeners for fifteen hours after they are transmitted. The nuclear-powered batteries that power the Voyagers are expected to run out around 2030.

It is unlikely that anyone will find our "messages in a bottle" for thousands of years, if at all, but just knowing that the messages are drifting out there, somewhere, is a hopeful thought.

[This collection contains the short clips (~15 minutes in total) of recordings included on the golden disk]

See also: Space Recordings and the Space Recordings Article.

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    1. 76 shows - total playtime 0 hours 15 minutes
    2. Voyager Greeting Akkadian.mp3
    3. Voyager Greeting Amoy.mp3
    4. Voyager Greeting Arabic.mp3
    5. Voyager Greeting Aramaic.mp3
    6. Voyager Greeting Armenian.mp3
    7. Voyager Greeting Bengali.mp3
    8. Voyager Greeting Burmese.mp3
    9. Voyager Greeting Cantonese.mp3
    10. Voyager Greeting Czech.mp3
    11. Voyager Greeting Dutch.mp3
    12. Voyager Greeting English.mp3
    13. Voyager Greeting French.mp3
    14. Voyager Greeting German.mp3
    15. Voyager Greeting Greek.mp3
    16. Voyager Greeting Gujarati.mp3
    17. Voyager Greeting Hebrew.mp3
    18. Voyager Greeting Hindi.mp3
    19. Voyager Greeting Hittite.mp3
    20. Voyager Greeting Hungarian.mp3
    21. Voyager Greeting Ila.mp3
    22. Voyager Greeting Indonesian.mp3
    23. Voyager Greeting Italian.mp3
    24. Voyager Greeting Japanese.mp3
    25. Voyager Greeting Kannada.mp3
    26. Voyager Greeting Kechua.mp3
    27. Voyager Greeting Korean.mp3
    28. Voyager Greeting Latin.mp3
    29. Voyager Greeting Luganda.mp3
    30. Voyager Greeting Man Chin.mp3
    31. Voyager Greeting Marathi.mp3
    32. Voyager Greeting Nepali.mp3
    33. Voyager Greeting Nguni.mp3
    34. Voyager Greeting Nyanja.mp3
    35. Voyager Greeting Oriya.mp3
    36. Voyager Greeting Persian.mp3
    37. Voyager Greeting Polish.mp3
    38. Voyager Greeting Portuguese.mp3
    39. Voyager Greeting Punjabi.mp3
    40. Voyager Greeting Rajasthani.mp3
    41. Voyager Greeting Romanian.mp3
    42. Voyager Greeting Russian.mp3
    43. Voyager Greeting Serbian.mp3
    44. Voyager Greeting Sinhalese.mp3
    45. Voyager Greeting Sotho.mp3
    46. Voyager Greeting Spanish.mp3
    47. Voyager Greeting Sumerian.mp3
    48. Voyager Greeting Swedish.mp3
    49. Voyager Greeting Telugu.mp3
    50. Voyager Greeting Thai.mp3
    51. Voyager Greeting Turkish.mp3
    52. Voyager Greeting Ukrainian.mp3
    53. Voyager Greeting Urdu.mp3
    54. Voyager Greeting Vietnamese.mp3
    55. Voyager Greeting Welsh.mp3
    56. Voyager Greeting Wu.mp3
    57. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Birds.mp3
    58. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Bus.mp3
    59. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Chimpanzee.mp3
    60. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Crickets.mp3
    61. Voyager Sounds Of Earth F111.mp3
    62. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Fire.mp3
    63. Voyager Sounds Of Earth First.mp3
    64. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Footsteps.mp3
    65. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Herding.mp3
    66. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Horse.mp3
    67. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Kiss.mp3
    68. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Life.mp3
    69. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Morse.mp3
    70. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Mud.mp3
    71. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Spheres.mp3
    72. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Tamedog.mp3
    73. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Tractor.mp3
    74. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Train.mp3
    75. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Volcanoes.mp3
    76. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Wildog.mp3
    77. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Wind.mp3
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    2. Voyager Greeting Akkadian.mp3
    3. Voyager Greeting Amoy.mp3
    4. Voyager Greeting Arabic.mp3
    5. Voyager Greeting Aramaic.mp3
    6. Voyager Greeting Armenian.mp3
    7. Voyager Greeting Bengali.mp3
    8. Voyager Greeting Burmese.mp3
    9. Voyager Greeting Cantonese.mp3
    10. Voyager Greeting Czech.mp3
    11. Voyager Greeting Dutch.mp3
    12. Voyager Greeting English.mp3
    13. Voyager Greeting French.mp3
    14. Voyager Greeting German.mp3
    15. Voyager Greeting Greek.mp3
    16. Voyager Greeting Gujarati.mp3
    17. Voyager Greeting Hebrew.mp3
    18. Voyager Greeting Hindi.mp3
    19. Voyager Greeting Hittite.mp3
    20. Voyager Greeting Hungarian.mp3
    21. Voyager Greeting Ila.mp3
    22. Voyager Greeting Indonesian.mp3
    23. Voyager Greeting Italian.mp3
    24. Voyager Greeting Japanese.mp3
    25. Voyager Greeting Kannada.mp3
    26. Voyager Greeting Kechua.mp3
    27. Voyager Greeting Korean.mp3
    28. Voyager Greeting Latin.mp3
    29. Voyager Greeting Luganda.mp3
    30. Voyager Greeting Man Chin.mp3
    31. Voyager Greeting Marathi.mp3
    32. Voyager Greeting Nepali.mp3
    33. Voyager Greeting Nguni.mp3
    34. Voyager Greeting Nyanja.mp3
    35. Voyager Greeting Oriya.mp3
    36. Voyager Greeting Persian.mp3
    37. Voyager Greeting Polish.mp3
    38. Voyager Greeting Portuguese.mp3
    39. Voyager Greeting Punjabi.mp3
    40. Voyager Greeting Rajasthani.mp3
    41. Voyager Greeting Romanian.mp3
    42. Voyager Greeting Russian.mp3
    43. Voyager Greeting Serbian.mp3
    44. Voyager Greeting Sinhalese.mp3
    45. Voyager Greeting Sotho.mp3
    46. Voyager Greeting Spanish.mp3
    47. Voyager Greeting Sumerian.mp3
    48. Voyager Greeting Swedish.mp3
    49. Voyager Greeting Telugu.mp3
    50. Voyager Greeting Thai.mp3
    51. Voyager Greeting Turkish.mp3
    52. Voyager Greeting Ukrainian.mp3
    53. Voyager Greeting Urdu.mp3
    54. Voyager Greeting Vietnamese.mp3
    55. Voyager Greeting Welsh.mp3
    56. Voyager Greeting Wu.mp3
    57. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Birds.mp3
    58. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Bus.mp3
    59. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Chimpanzee.mp3
    60. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Crickets.mp3
    61. Voyager Sounds Of Earth F111.mp3
    62. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Fire.mp3
    63. Voyager Sounds Of Earth First.mp3
    64. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Footsteps.mp3
    65. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Herding.mp3
    66. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Horse.mp3
    67. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Kiss.mp3
    68. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Life.mp3
    69. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Morse.mp3
    70. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Mud.mp3
    71. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Spheres.mp3
    72. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Tamedog.mp3
    73. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Tractor.mp3
    74. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Train.mp3
    75. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Volcanoes.mp3
    76. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Wildog.mp3
    77. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Wind.mp3
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    76 recordings on 1 Audio CD. Total playtime 0 hours, 15 min
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    Voyager Golden Record Disc A001

    1. Voyager Greeting Akkadian
    2. Voyager Greeting Amoy
    3. Voyager Greeting Arabic
    4. Voyager Greeting Aramaic
    5. Voyager Greeting Armenian
    6. Voyager Greeting Bengali
    7. Voyager Greeting Burmese
    8. Voyager Greeting Cantonese
    9. Voyager Greeting Czech
    10. Voyager Greeting Dutch
    11. Voyager Greeting English
    12. Voyager Greeting French
    13. Voyager Greeting German
    14. Voyager Greeting Greek
    15. Voyager Greeting Gujarati
    16. Voyager Greeting Hebrew
    17. Voyager Greeting Hindi
    18. Voyager Greeting Hittite
    19. Voyager Greeting Hungarian
    20. Voyager Greeting Ila
    21. Voyager Greeting Indonesian
    22. Voyager Greeting Italian
    23. Voyager Greeting Japanese
    24. Voyager Greeting Kannada
    25. Voyager Greeting Kechua
    26. Voyager Greeting Korean
    27. Voyager Greeting Latin
    28. Voyager Greeting Luganda
    29. Voyager Greeting Man Chin
    30. Voyager Greeting Marathi
    31. Voyager Greeting Nepali
    32. Voyager Greeting Nguni
    33. Voyager Greeting Nyanja
    34. Voyager Greeting Oriya
    35. Voyager Greeting Persian
    36. Voyager Greeting Polish
    37. Voyager Greeting Portuguese
    38. Voyager Greeting Punjabi
    39. Voyager Greeting Rajasthani
    40. Voyager Greeting Romanian
    41. Voyager Greeting Russian
    42. Voyager Greeting Serbian
    43. Voyager Greeting Sinhalese
    44. Voyager Greeting Sotho
    45. Voyager Greeting Spanish
    46. Voyager Greeting Sumerian
    47. Voyager Greeting Swedish
    48. Voyager Greeting Telugu
    49. Voyager Greeting Thai
    50. Voyager Greeting Turkish
    51. Voyager Greeting Ukrainian
    52. Voyager Greeting Urdu
    53. Voyager Greeting Vietnamese
    54. Voyager Greeting Welsh
    55. Voyager Greeting Wu
    56. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Birds
    57. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Bus
    58. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Chimpanzee
    59. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Crickets
    60. Voyager Sounds Of Earth F111
    61. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Fire
    62. Voyager Sounds Of Earth First
    63. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Footsteps
    64. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Herding
    65. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Horse
    66. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Kiss
    67. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Life
    68. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Morse
    69. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Mud
    70. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Spheres
    71. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Tamedog
    72. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Tractor
    73. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Train
    74. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Volcanoes
    75. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Wildog
    76. Voyager Sounds Of Earth Wind

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