I’ve mentioned the Golden Record in a previous post but I just discovered that you can listen to the contents and look at the images online.
You can also listen to it here!
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It’s a bit of a time capsule.
If an alien could figure out how to listen to this, I wonder what they’d make of it. And what they might infer about the people who collected these sounds and images?
And thanks to whoever put this video on YouTube. In it, Carl Sagan, one of the people responsible for selecting the contents of the Golden Record, talks about the record and other things on The Tonight Show (1977), not with Johnny Carson, but with guest host John Denver. It’s a wonderful clip that goes from talk about Voyager, to then recent photos of Mars, to the intelligence of whales and dolphins.
I have a new found respect for John Denver.