The Golden Record in Interstellar Space – What’s Missing?

Sometimes we forget to check out what the rest of the world thinks of sacred music.  Heck, doesn’t everyone think about it all the time as we do?  Hmmm, maybe not.

Some who read this blog are probably not old enough to remember the launch of the Voyager spacecraft in 1977.  Both Voyager 1 and 2 are now in interstellar space.  The Golden Record they carry contains a collection of sounds of earth in case the spacecrafts ever encounters another civilization.

You can read about the Record and see its contents on the JPL site devoted to the mission.  It’s fascinating and wonderfully optimistic.  And who doesn’t remember Carl Sagan? When you look at the music selections, what’s missing?

5 Replies to “The Golden Record in Interstellar Space – What’s Missing?”

  1. 3 Bach instrumentals but no Bach choral music… neanderthal heretics! (what, you meant something else :)?)

  2. Har — the French greeting is "Bonjour, tout le monde."

    There's Latin, but not in ecclesiastical pronunciation.

  3. Liberal fantasy not unlike the film "2012" in which every religious person is wiped from the planet (except a Tibet monk, because, you know, Westerners are under the delusion that Buddhism is Politically Correct on any given subject). This and Carl Sagan's record are almost pornographic.

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