Published on March 14th, 2017 | by Joe Scott
Check Out The 116 Photos NASA Chose To Represent Earth To Aliens
If aliens came to our Earth, what would you tell them about the world we live in? Would you tell them about the political system and the kind of food we eat? What is socially acceptable to say? Do they speak any of the languages spoken here?
These are questions that NASA sought an answer to in 1977 as they built the Voyager 1 spacecraft. Knowing that its journey would take it far from our solar system, they created the Golden Record, in case any little green men cam across Voyager and wanted to know where it came from.
The record includes guidelines on the side of it to hopefully teach the aliens how to play it, upon which they would hear a collection of sounds from Earth (including music and greetings in 50 languages), but also find embedded 116 images.
The images were selected by a committee led by Carl Sagan, and they have been put together in a rapid slideshow. Sagan is idealistic about the record being found: “The launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet.”
The transmission includes a statement from Kurt Waldheim, the secretary general of the United Nations in 1977: “We step out of our solar system into the universe seeking only peace and friendship – to teach if we are called upon, to be taught if we are fortunate. We know full well that our planet and all its inhabitants are but a small part of this immense universe that surrounds us, and it is with humility and hope that we take this step.”
The Golden Record will stay in perfect condition while in space. David Doody, who worked as a designer on the Voyager spacecraft at NASA, revealed to The Atlantic that: “It’s been stored in a vacuum more perfect than any attainable on Earth, and protected from dust and cosmic rays by an aluminium metal case.”
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