'We Were Here' - The 116 Photos on Voyager(s)

Check out this article about the 116 photos chosen for inclusion on the 'Golden Record' aboard both Voyager 1 & Voyager 2...launched in 1977.

A couple outtakes from the article.....

When Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 launched into space in 1977, their mission was to explore the outer solar system, and over the following decade, they did so admirably.
— http://www.vox.com/2015/11/11/9702090/voyager-golden-record-pictures
But NASA knew that after the planetary tour was complete, the Voyagers would remain on a trajectory toward interstellar space, having gained enough velocity from Jupiter’s gravity to eventually escape the grasp of the sun. Since they will orbit the Milky Way for the foreseeable future, the Voyagers should carry a message from their maker, NASA scientists decided.

The Voyager team tapped famous astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan to compose that message. Sagan’s committee chose a copper phonograph LP as their medium, and over the course of six weeks they produced the “Golden Record”: a collection of sounds and images that will probably outlast all human artifacts on Earth.
— http://www.vox.com/2015/11/11/9702090/voyager-golden-record-pictures

A little disconcerting to consider the entirety of human existence will be 'explained' to the universe in the contents of this 'Golden Record'.



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