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Have a listen to the full 5-hour recording of the Voyager 1 Golden Record.

Voyager 1 is one of the most significant space missions of all time, and quite possibly will be the last of its kind.

In the 1970s, NASA launched two relatively small spacecraft, first Voyager 2 then soon thereafter, Voyager 1.

The mission objective of the Voyager Interstellar Mission (VIM) is to extend the NASA exploration of the solar system beyond the neighbourhood of the outer planets to the outer limits of the Sun's sphere of influence, and possibly beyond according to NASA.

The Voyager 1 carries a phonograph record, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. It also includes Earth's coordinates in the galaxy, obviously not GPS coordinates, but rather that of a constellation.

Voyager 1 travels at a rate of 62,000 kilometres per second which, to give you an idea, is roughly the same as travelling the around the diameter of the Earth five times a second! Voyager 1 is now 121 times further away from us than the sun, and is still yet to reach interstellar space (leave our solar system).

Take a look at the video below on the full 5-hour recording of the golden record which is still waiting to be found on Voyager 1.

Video credit: 
The Mr Tatum

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