The Voyager Golden Records are NASA phonograph records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977, and are currently leaving our solar system. They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them.
The contents of the records include a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind, thunder, and animals (including the songs of birds and whales), many photographs, DNA, and human and insect anatomy. The human components show food, architecture, and musical selections including: Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry, as well as African and Asian songs.
Whether any aliens will actually find and know how to play these records is debatable, but what is not is the intense human desire to pass on their knowledge. It is especially strong between fathers and their children. You don’t need to etch golden records to make sure your knowledge is passed down to your kids. Here are 10 ways to leave a legacy.
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