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The Golden Record 2.0 Will Crowdsource A Selfie of Human Culture

Inspired by a similar effort in the 1970s, the project wants your help in creating a portrait of humanity to send out of the solar system

By Helen Thompson
smithsonian.com | May 17, 2014

In 1977, the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft left our solar system, carrying a “Golden Record”—a gold-plated phonograph record containing analogue images, greetings, and music from Earth. It was meant to be a snapshot of humanity. On the small chance that an alien lifeform encountered Voyager, they could get a sense of who made it.

“This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe,” said Carl Sagan who led the six-member team that created the Golden Record.

No spacecraft has left our solar system since Voyager, but in the next few years, NASA’s New Horizons probe, launched in 2006, will reach Pluto and then pass into the far edges of the solar system and beyond. A new project aims to create a “Golden Record 2.0”. Just like the original record, this new version will represent a sampling of human culture for NASA to transmit to New Horizons just before it soars off into the rest of the universe.

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Let's make sure

to let any aliens know we only want their criminals to visit earth:

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Somebody call Chris

I clicked on the link, and this is what I got. Pandas.

not a bad idea

Put some pictures of pandas in there. If any aliens ever come across the golden record, you know they are gonna be like "This thing evolved on this planet? We have to go check this out." So, yeah, some pictures of a panda, and a platypus too.

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu

endangered my ass. you can't even get close to the damn


Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

jrd3820's picture

What kind of sounds would you make sure made the list?

If you got to put things on the golden record 2.
I think they did a good job with the first golden record, but new music, speeches, and sounds have emerged since then.

This, I think

jrd3820's picture

I think I would include the What If speech

From Ron Paul. The song in my signature. And a whole bunch of recordings I have of my friends and I. My friends are brilliant and should be heard throughout the universe.