Perhaps the most touching selection of the record, can be found in the sound clips . As Carl Sagan describes it in his book "Cosmos," "...we included on the Voyager spacecraft the thoughts and feelings of one person, the electrical activity of her brain, heart, eyes and muscles...In one sense we have launched into the Cosmos a direct transcription of the thoughts and feelings of a single human being in the month of June in the year 1977 on the planet Earth." That human being was Ann Druyan, the woman who would soon become Carl Sagan's wife. But when those sounds were recorded, she was just beginning to fall in love with him . Now, far out in the recesses of interstellar space, the twin Voyager crafts carry with them an example of life on Earth at its most blissful, vulnerable, and pure — a human in love.

Voyager 1 entered interstellar space in 2012. As of this writing, it’s almost 21 billion kilometers away from Earth. Speeding along at 17 kilometers per second, it will take another 40,000 years before the spacecraft passes within light-years of a star in the constellation Camelopardalis. The slightly slower Voyager 2 is at the outermost edge of our solar system, where the sun’s plasma wind blows against cosmic dust and gas. Soon, it too will venture into interstellar space. We may never know whether an extraterrestrial civilization ever listens to the golden record. It was a gift from humanity to the cosmos. But it is also a gift to humanity. The record embodies a sense of possibility and hope. And it’s as relevant now as it was in 1977. Perhaps even more so.

Nick Luscombe presented the Golden Records-themed edition of Late Junction (with guests Moor Mother and Rahsheedah Phillips aka Black Quantum Futurism) on BBC Radio 3.


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