Forty years ago, all the outer planets in our solar system aligned serendipitously. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was not to be missed: NASA sent two robotic spacecraft on a journey like no other in human history to explore the planets, moons and celestial bodies of our solar system.
Carl Sagan, Voyager mission architect, knew that these spacecraft could potentially be humanity's "message in a bottle" to the universe. How could we use them to communicate with intelligent alien beings who might one day find it?
Both Voyager probes carry on them a golden record, a big "hello!" from all of us on Earth. The golden record has on its outside engraved instructions for how to operate the record, and the record itself contains sights and sounds from our planet, music, and greetings in 55 different languages.
Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan chose these representative photos and audio recordings, and their son spoke the iconic "Hello from the children of planet earth" message. As Carl Sagan said, "The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this 'bottle' into the cosmic 'ocean' says something very hopeful about life on this planet."
These amazing spacecraft are still exploring today from the very shores of interstellar space. Voyager 1 has already left our solar system and is the farthest human-made object ever made. Voyager 2 is fast approaching the edge of our solar system. The spacecraft are still beaming back scientific data, and are expected to continue at least until 2020! This is stunning, especially when considering the original mission was planned to last only five years.
On the 40th anniversary of the launch of this remarkable mission, Eclipse9 is proud to offer this limited edition full size replica of the golden record exterior, laser etched in exquisite detail on an anodised aluminium disc and beautifully set in a floating frame. Each piece bears a numbered plaque - strictly limited to 100 pieces, made especially on occasion of the 40th anniversary of the launch of this monumental mission.
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