by Graham Pierrepoint
It’s been almost forty years since NASA took to the heavens and launched two particularly special craft into the sky – craft carrying the famous ‘golden record’, an artefact of which only ten copies were ever made, compilations created with the sole intent that it be used to provide extra-terrestrial life with a message from planet Earth. The aim was, it is said, that any aliens who came across the craft would be able to listen to the record in a bid to learn more about fellow intelligent life out there in the universe – it was a valiant scheme, and it’s one that has mesmerized followers of NASA and general space-heads ever since! What exactly is on that golden record – and will we ever get the chance to own a copy?
According to Space.com, you very much might. Thanks to the power of Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform that has seen movies, books, videogames and new technology brought to the masses (not least the Oculus Rift virtual reality kit, long since regarded as a forerunner of the current VR boom), close replicas of the fabled discs are being offered up for as little as $98 on reservation, meaning that while you may never get to hold one of the legitimate fabled discs, you will be able to collect and play a piece of history that has long since been shot into the stars.
According to the source, the record comprised of several recordings, musical excerpts and sounds that were thought to effectively depict human life – from classical music to the sounds of nature – and thanks to the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition campaign, anyone wishing to hear exactly what they’ve been missing all these years can do so at the aforementioned reserve price. The campaign is still open until October 20th, making time scarce for anyone wishing to own a piece of recreated history – and the project’s funding has exploded to the tune of around $1.16 million at the time of writing – making it one of the most popular campaigns of recent times.
What will aliens make of the strange noises, tunes and other audible marks of history that we have made over the years? That’s not for us to say – but for now, at least, pledging $98 before October 20th will give you the opportunity to own a replica of your very own – so you can give your opinions even if aliens won’t!