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On the Air with Music of the Spheres

Cover of the Golden Record

Cover of the Golden Record

Music from “The Golden Record,” Wednesday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 
In the year 1977 NASA launched two unmanned spacecraft, space probes programmed to survey the solar system, timed to take advantage of a rare alignment of the planets. Knowing the probes would continue their trajectories indefinitely, NASA scientists elected to place time capsules within the probes should either be intercepted by intelligent life; it’s what they call the Interstellar Mission. Astronomer Carl Sagan was charged with selecting items to represent humanity.

Montage of Voyagers 1 and 2 in the solar system

Montage of Voyagers 1 and 2 in the solar system

“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.”

—Carl Sagan

On Wednesday between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM, Suzanne Nance will present music contained on “The Golden Record,” a 12-inch gold-plated copper disc containing Sagan’s choices, which includes Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, and Stravinsky.Golden

Voyager launch

Voyager launch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View images contained within Carl Sagan’s time capsule:

 

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