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Carl Sagan discusses the Voyager golden records on the television series COSMOS: A Personal Voyage (1980)

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Thanks to the cooperation of Ozma Records, we are presenting SOUNDS OF EARTH: THE RECORD THAT WENT TO SPACE. This special exhibition consists of the twelve minute montage of field recordings included on the Voyager spacecraft golden records – a group of recordings intended to represent what Earth sounds like in the event that extra terrestrials might someday find either of the Voyager space probes.

Launched in 1977 by NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to this day these craft, now outside out solar system, each carry with them a Golden Record – an LP containing this montage as well as greetings in dozens of languages and music from around the Earth.

Compiled by Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan, and Jimmy Iovine, this montage of sounds is a fascinating document of what sounds a select group of humans thought best represented our planet.

Now you can hear this historic 12-minute sound essay with us on your next visit to the Museum of Portable Sound – this exhibition is FREE and included with your regular admission to the museum! 

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