archiv~1.txt: SETI Photo of the making of Voyager Interstellar Record

SETI Photo of the making of Voyager Interstellar Record

Larry Klaes ( )
Thu, 04 Mar 1999 10:53:38 -0500

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has a historical
images archive Web site. Among the many fascinating images
of its long history is one I have never seen before: The
actual making of one of the Voyager Interstellar Records.

Here is the photograph along with the accompanying
text, including a description of the VIR by Dr. Sagan:

The photograph:

The text:

August 1998
Photograph Number 260-237B
Voyager Golden Record

The two Voyager spacecraft each carried a phonograph record containing a
variety of images and sounds from Earth, to be found and played by an
extraterrestrial civilization. "...the launching of this bottle into the
cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet." (Carl
Sagan, JPL Universe, 8/5/77)

In the image above, a technician works on one of the two Voyager golden
records and its protective jacket.

For a description of the golden record, see
"Voyager's Greetings to the Universe":

Here are two images of the Record --

This is the side containing "The Sounds of Earth":

Here is the cover which protects the Records and tells
anyone who finds them in interstellar space how to play
the records to get the pictures, sounds, and music:

In the JPL Photo Archives section, there is also an artist's
conception from 1975 of the flight paths of Voyager 1 and 2
through the Sol system.

Back then the probes were known as Mariner Jupiter-Saturn 77,
and also Mariner 11 and 12: