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The NASA Golden Record

Space, 05.09.77

In 1977, the Voyager spacecraft launched with two golden phonograph records, containing a variety of sounds and images selected to best represent life on earth, in the hopes that they might be found by extraterrestrial intelligence.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Voyager records' launch into the cosmos. But if we were to do it all again today, what would we do differently?

This four hour broadcast contains the original NASA-collated mix of sounds, followed by a two hour mix of NTS listener-submitted sounds.


  • Benjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra, Bach 
    Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F Major
  • Java Court Gamelan
    Kinds Of Flowers
  • Senegal
  • Zaire
    Pygmy Girls' Initiation Song
  • Australia
    Aborigine Songs, "Morning Star" And "Devil Bird,"
  • Mexico
    El Cascabel," Performed By Lorenzo Barcelata And The Mariachi México
  • Chuck Berry 
    Johnny B. Goode
  • New Guinea
    Men's House Song
  • Goro Yamaguchi
    "Tsuru No Sugomori" ("Crane's Nest,")
  • Bach
    Gavotte En Rondeaux From The Partita No. 3 In E Major For Violin
  • Mozart, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti 
    The Magic Flute
  • Georgian S.S.R., Chorus
  • Peru
    Panpipes And Drum, Collected By Casa De La Cultura, Lima. 0:52
  • Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven 
    Melancholy Blues
  • Azerbaijan S.S.R
  • Stravinsky
    Rite Of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, Conductor. 4:35
  • Glenn Gould, Bach 
    The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I Complete (Preludes And Fugues 1–24)
  • Beethoven
    Fifth Symphony, First Movement, The Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, Conductor. 7:20
  • Valya Balkanska 
    Izlel Je Delyo Hagdutin
  • Navajo Indians
    Night Chant, Recorded By Willard Rhodes. 0:57
  • David Munrow, The Early Music Consort Of London 
    Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains And Other Short Aeirs, "The Fairie Round"
  • Solomon Islands
    Panpipes, Collected By The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service. 1:12
  • Girl From Huancavalica, Peru 
    Wedding Song
  • Kuan P'ing-Hu
    Ch'in, "Flowing Streams," Performed By . 7:37
  • Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar 
    Jaat Kahan Ho - "Bhairavi"
  • Blind Willie Johnson 
    Dark Was The Night
  • Beethoven, Busch Quartet 
    String Quartet No.13 In B Flat, Op. 130