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The Sounds of Earth Record Cover

This gold aluminum cover was designed to protect the Voyager 1 and 2 " Sounds of Earth" gold-plated records from micrometeorite bombardment, but also serves a double purpose in providing the finder a key to playing the record. The explanatory diagram appears on both the inner and outer surfaces of the cover, as the outer diagram will be eroded in time. Flying aboard Voyagers 1 and 2 are identical " golden" records, carrying the story of Earth far into deep space. The 12 inch gold-plated copper discs contain greetings in 60 languages, samples of music from different cultures and eras, and natural and man-made sounds from Earth. They also contain electronic information that an advanced technological civilization could convert into diagrams and photographs. Currently, both Voyager probes are sailing adrift in the black sea of interplanetary space, having left our solar system years ago

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This print showcases the iconic "Sounds of Earth" record cover, crafted from shimmering gold aluminum. Originally designed to safeguard the Voyager 1 and 2's precious gold-plated records from micrometeorite bombardment, this cover also serves a dual purpose by providing an essential guide for playing the record. The intricate explanatory diagram is featured on both the inner and outer surfaces of the cover, with the outer diagram gradually eroding over time due to its exposure in space. Nestled within these interstellar travelers, Voyager 1 and 2, are identical golden records that carry humanity's story far into deep space. These remarkable twelve-inch discs are made of gold-plated copper and hold a treasure trove of knowledge about our planet. They contain heartfelt greetings in sixty different languages, enchanting musical samples representing diverse cultures and historical periods, as well as an array of natural and man-made sounds from Earth. But these records go beyond mere audio recordings; they also harbor electronic information that could be deciphered by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization into visual diagrams and photographs. Currently adrift in the boundless expanse of interplanetary space after leaving our solar system years ago, both Voyager probes continue their eternal voyage through the cosmos. This extraordinary testament to human curiosity was conceived under the guidance of renowned astronomer Carl Sagan at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). It stands as a symbol not only of scientific achievement but also as a profound representation of our collective yearning to explore what lies beyond our own celestial neighborhood.

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