Sites and Sounds of the Golden Record
NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft launched in August and September 1977. Aboard each spacecraft is a golden record, a collection of sites, sounds and greetings from Earth.
Image right: The golden record. Image credit: NASA/JPL
Each identical golden record contains:
-- 117 pictures explaining Earth. This includes drawings and images that convey information about our solar system, images of people doing various activities and a variety of planets and animals, as well as scenes from around the world.
-- Greetings in 54 different human languages and greetings from humpback whales.
-- A selection of sounds from Earth. This ranges from natural sounds, like storms and volcanoes, to human-made noises such as trains, airplane and rocket take-offs, animals, tools being used, and a mother kissing a child.
Below are just a few of the sites and sounds on the records.
-- "Hello from the children of planet Earth."
-- The message translated to English is "Hail."
+ Mandarin Chinese
-- The message translated to English is "Hope everyone's well. We are thinking about you all. Please come here to visit when you have time."
-- The message translated to English is "Greetings! I Welcome You!"
-- The message translated to English is "Hello and greetings to all."
-- The message translated to English is "Sincerely send you our friendly greetings."
+ Wild dog
+ Volcanoes, earthquake, thunder
+ Kiss, mother and child
+ Horse and cart
+ F-111 flyby, Saturn 5 rocket lift-off
+ Crickets, frogs
Earth+ Larger view
Solar system locator+ Larger view
Violin and music sheet+ Larger view
For a fuller list of items on the golden records, click on the following links:
+ Scenes from Earth