116 Images of the Voyager Golden Record – a Message for Extraterrestrial Life

116 Images of the Voyager Golden Record – a Message for Extraterrestrial Life
June 27, 2012

“The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977. They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them.

As the probes are extremely small compared to the vastness of interstellar space, the probability of a space-faring civilization encountering them is very small, especially since the probes will eventually stop emitting any kind of electromagnetic radiation. If they are ever found by an alien species, it will most likely be far in the future as the nearest star on Voyager 1’s trajectory will only be reached in 40,000 years.”

“The contents of the Voyager Golden Record is a collection of 116 images and a variety of natural sounds (links at the end of the post), such as those made by surf, wind, and thunder, and animal sounds, including the songs of birds and whales. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, spoken greetings in fifty-nine languages, and printed messages from President Jimmy Carter and U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. The items were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University.”

The signification of the Voyager Golden Record Cover:


+ Sounds on the Voyager Golden Record
+ Languages on the Voyager Golden Record

  • Legolas2112

    Nice! :)

    • SaivDeCod

      Nah, i don’t think they included anything from France.

  • Eugene Grobler

    did they put on that record the biggest joke of all ? that we humans pay other humans to live on our own planet or face the alternative of death? bec right there the aliens will think we are barbaric

    • Ray

      Wait. What?

    • Clara


      • Dylan Moore

        What was so hard about his statement?

      • Ray

        Deciphering it, obviously. Or did ‘we humans pay other humans to live on our own planet or face the alternative of death’ make sense to you?

      • snoglydox

        He is talking about needing to pay for food and housing, and taxes if we own our own land to live off of.

  • Clara

    I never realized how amazing this world is…

  • shawatyyyy

    Louis Armstrong

  • http://www.classybro.com/ Classy Bro

    I wonder what we would send today… Miley Cyrus and how to twerk?

    • RageRifter

      No, well maybe. When that was made we weren’t quite as good at creating a “ideal” persona as we are now. The reason everyone is saying they should be better pictures is because they don’t misleadingly show us acting better than we are. It makes FB whores cringe.

      Those images were real and undoctored and showed random life as it should be, no faking and no bullshit. I thank Carl Sagan for that.

  • Moe G.

    How are there images on a record? Forgive me, but I’m being serious.

    • favalora

      See the very last image above for a brief explanation. The “sound,” if synchronized to a display with the right size and speed, indicates pixel brightness. Sort of like how fax machines work, in a way.

  • John Rambo

    They should have chosen better images.

  • sadiq

    There is no mention of Islam and the Holy Quran – Alas what a wasted effort

  • CA

    Earth seems lovely and beautiful on these pictures.