Carl Sagan was an astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, professor and science communicator who was fascinated by extra-terrestrial life. You can read about him in
Whizz Pop Bang 98: Aliens!
Carl was involved in American space exploration since it began in the 1950s. He put together messages that were sent into outer space in the 1970s on the Voyager Golden Record.
Read more about space in these out-of-this-world issues of Whizz Pop Bang!
By NASA – Great Images in NASA Description, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6455682
Copies of the Golden Record were carried by Voyager I and Voyager II. They contained:
Messages in 55 ancient and modern languages Sounds from Earth Images of humans and Earth
By NASA/JPL – The Sounds of Earth Record Cover, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=137443
The discs contained diagrams that explain where Earth is and how to play the record. Scientists spent a long time working out how to communicate these messages to aliens!
Here are some examples of things that were included on Carl Sagan’s Golden Record.
You can find a full list of everything that was included here. Greetings in ancient and modern languages
English (this was recorded by Nick Sagan, Carl’s son, when he was six!)
Akkadian (an ancient language used in Mesopotamia about 6,000 years ago) “May all be very well.”
Arabic “Greetings to our friends in the stars. We wish that we will meet you someday.”
Cantonese “Hi. How are you? Wish you peace, health and happiness.”
Korean “How are you?”
Nguni “We greet you, great ones. We wish you longevity”
Polish “Welcome, creatures from beyond the outer world.”
Rajastani “Hello to everyone. We are happy here and you be happy there.”
Spanish “Hello and greetings to all.”
Welsh “Good health to you now and forever.” Music
Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor
New Guinea, men’s house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan
Mexico, “El Cascabel,” performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the Mariachi México
“Johnny B. Goode,” written and performed by Chuck Berry
Georgian S.S.R., chorus, “Tchakrulo” collected by Radio Moscow
Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen Images
We can’t include the photographs and diagrams included on the Golden Record because of copyright but
you can see some of them here. These show some of the same subjects that featured on it.
The cratered surface of Mercury NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Earth seen from space NOAA/NASA EPIC Team
A diagram of the structure of DNA By Zephyris – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15027555
Heron Island, Australia CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49421
Athletes competing in the Olympics By Neil Thompson – Olympic Park London 2012, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20601691
Children learning in a classroom Mukul urp, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0
Inside a supermarket CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
X-ray of a human hand Staff at the Department of Radiology, UC San Diego Health., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Traffic in rush hour By B137 – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66473948
Aeroplane taking off By Balon Greyjoy – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=113776187
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