A Kickstarter to recreate and remaster the Voyager Golden Record has been so successful that the founders plan other projects that will combine the interests of art, science and consciousness.
The original record was an initiative to put a capsule of Earth's culture and history on to the twin NASA Voyager spacecraft, which launched from Earth in 1977 for a prime mission to fly by Jupiter, Saturn and out of the solar system. Voyager 2's mission was extended to image Uranus and Neptune as well, making it the only spacecraft to visit those planets.
The spacecraft are still flying and communicating with Earth, with Voyager 1 passing into interstellar space in 2012. In 40,000 years, it is expected that both will pass by neighboring star systems; the record is on the spacecraft just in case a curious (and very lucky) extraterrestrial wants to learn more about where they came from.
David Pescovitz, managing partner of Boing Boing and a research director at Institute for the Future, has followed the twin Voyager spacecraft since their launch, when he was seven years old. He said recreating the famed record on the spacecraft was an "inspiring learning experience." He and Timothy Daly, a manager at San Francisco's iconic Amoeba Music store, created a company called Ozma Records to continue work of this kind even after this Golden Record project is finished. More announcements will be made in the coming months.
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"We've continued to have amazing experiences and breakthroughs, which were possible because of support we received from the Kickstarter," Pescovitz told Seeker. The project raised $1.36 million, far exceeding its original $198,000 goal and allowing more copies of the record to be shipped to supporters.