The Voyager Golden Discs

01 Dec 2014

Before the Voyager space probes were launched in 1977, someone had the good sense to organize the manufacture of a very special record.

Known as the Voyager Golden Disc Records, they are two phonograph records that contain the sounds of Earth in their grooves.  A committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University was responsible for picking these songs.

Along with greetings in dozens of languages, there’s a selection of music from around the world.  Of all those tracks, there is just one rock song:  a recording of Chuck Berry doing “Johnny B. Goode.”  Should aliens ever intercept one of these spacecraft (hey, it happened in the first Star Trek movie), that will be their first exposure to rock n' roll.