Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record

Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record

Carl Sagan / Feb 25, 2020

Murmurs of Earth The Voyager Interstellar Record In two extraodinary spacecraft called Voyager were launched to the stars Affixed to each Voyager craft was a gold coated copper phonograph record as a message to possible extra terrestrial civil

  • Title: Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record
  • Author: Carl Sagan
  • ISBN: 9780345283962
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1977, two extraodinary spacecraft called Voyager were launched to the stars Affixed to each Voyager craft was a gold coated copper phonograph record as a message to possible extra terrestrial civilizations that might encounter the spacecraft in some distant space and time Each record contained 118 photographs of our planet almost 90 minutes of the world s greatest muIn 1977, two extraodinary spacecraft called Voyager were launched to the stars Affixed to each Voyager craft was a gold coated copper phonograph record as a message to possible extra terrestrial civilizations that might encounter the spacecraft in some distant space and time Each record contained 118 photographs of our planet almost 90 minutes of the world s greatest music an evolutionary audio essay on The Sounds of Earth and greetings in almost sixty human languages and one whale language This book is an account, written by those chiefly responsible for the contents of the Voyager Record, of why they did it, how they selected the repertoire, and precisely what the record contains.

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      • Carl Sagan

        In 1934, scientist Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y After earning bachelor and master s degrees at Cornell, Sagan earned a double doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1960 He became professor of astronomy and space science and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University, and co founder of the Planetary Society A great popularizer of science, Sagan produced the PBS series, Cosmos, which was Emmy and Peabody award winning, and was watched by 500 million people in 60 countries A book of the same title came out in 1980, and was on The New York Times bestseller list for 7 weeks Sagan was author, co author or editor of 20 books, including The Dragons of Eden 1977 , which won a Pulitzer, Pale Blue Dot 1995 and The Demon Haunted World Science As a Candle in the Dark 1996 , his hardest hitting on religion With his wife, Ann Druyan, he was co producer of the popular motion picture, Contact, which featured a feminist, atheist protagonist played by Jodie Foster 1997 The film came out after Sagan s death, following a 2 year struggle with a bone marrow disease Sagan played a leading role in NASA s Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo expeditions to other planets Ann Druyan, in the epilogue to Sagan s last book, Billions and Billions Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium published posthumously in 1997 , gives a moving account of Carl s last days Contrary to the fantasies of the fundamentalists, there was no deathbed conversion, no last minute refuge taken in a comforting vision of a heaven or an afterlife For Carl, what mattered most was what was true, not merely what would make us feel better Even at this moment when anyone would be forgiven for turning away from the reality of our situation, Carl was unflinching As we looked deeply into each other s eyes, it was with a shared conviction that our wondrous life together was ending forever For his work, Dr Sagan received the NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and twice for Distinguished Public Service, as well as the NASA Apollo Achievement Award Asteroid 2709 Sagan is named after him He was also awarded the John F Kennedy Astronautics Award of the American Astronautical Society, the Explorers Club 75th Anniversary Award, the Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Medal of the Soviet Cosmonauts Federation, and the Masursky Award of the American Astronomical Society, for his extraordinary contributions to the development of planetary science As a scientist trained in both astronomy and biology, Dr Sagan has made seminal contributions to the study of planetary atmospheres, planetary surfaces, the history of the Earth, and exobiology Many of the most productive planetary scientists working today are his present and former students and associates.He was also a recipient of the Public Welfare Medal, the highest award of the National Academy of Sciences.Dr Sagan was elected Chairman of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, President of the Planetology Section of the American Geophysical Union, and Chairman of the Astronomy Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science For twelve years he was the editor in chief of Icarus, the leading professional journal devoted to planetary research He was cofounder and President of the Planetary Society, a 100,000 member organization that is the largest space interest group in the world and Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.In their posthumous award to Dr Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his research transformed planetary science his gifts to mankind were infinite D 1996.More ffrf news day dayitems it


    1. When the Voyager spacecraft were designed to visit the Outer Planets and eventually interstellar space, the scientists had an opportunity to attach a record of all of human existence.After much careful thought they placed information from the broadest spectrum of all human cultures and forms of expression.This book is a compendium of that inmformation.An Encyclopedia of Humanity.

    2. Murmurs of Earth, (diterbitkan tahun 1978) berisi essai dan dokumentasi dari The Voyager Interstellar Mission, yang merupakan rangkaian misi luar angkasa Amerika Serikat. Misi ini meliputi peluncuran dua pesawat angkasa tak berawak, yaitu Voyager 1 & 2 yang diluncurkan tahun 1977. Tujuan misi ini untuk mempelajari Jupiter dan Saturnus, tetapi dua pesawat tersebut ternyata mampu melanjutkan perjalanan mereka hingga ke luar tata suryaMelalui pesawat antariksa Voyager 1, dikirimkan pula Piringa [...]

    3. The edition I mean to add to my “Curious About” shelf is titled, I believe, “Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record” and was published, according to NASA in one reference on their voyagerlsa website, “in 1992 by Warner News (sic) Media with a CD-ROM that replicates the Voyager record.” On another page of the voyagerlsa it is noted:“There was a book and CDROM published by Warner New Media in 1992. The book was a reprint of the Carl Sagan, et al, "Murmurs of Earth" that wa [...]

    4. Rating: 2.5 stars. Decided to read this after watching the first episode of the Cosmos re-boot. Tyson mentions the Voyager missions and the record. Being a librarian, I decided to ILL the book as I was intriqued by this record. How did it come about? How did they decide to include photos and music? And how do you choose what will represent Earth? I did receive answers to these questions. There were parts of this book that were very interesting, but other parts that were not interesting to me (or [...]

    5. A now bittersweet documentation of the end the first era of space exploration. The 1977 Voyager project was the last NASA effort that the public cared about and was emotionally involved in; the follow-up probes to the outer solar system were largely ignored and the space shuttles of the 1980s-2010s were pedestrian in comparison. Arguably an over-earnest and naive task, the creation of the Voyagers' Golden Records is yet a beautiful symbol of what science and space exploration used to mean to us. [...]

    6. Fascinating. How would you communicate who we are to intelligent life which would have zero understanding of our planet?

    7. This book is the history of the Voyager golden plate told by those involved in its creation. I listened to the audiobook and it was a superb treat to hear the Ann Druyan and Frank Drake reading their own chapter. Also it was wonderful to hear Nick Sagan (Carl's son) read his fathers writing.There was only one terrible chapter by Timothy Ferris. First of all, this was the most boring chapter. He spends a lot of time talking about the selection process of indigenous music. He describes the Mbuti t [...]

    8. I consider "Murmurs of Earth" to be a very important book, because it shows what extraterrestrial civilizations will know about us if it were ever to be intercepted. As Carl Sagan writes, we won't be around to know if the Voyager spacecraft delivers its message, or if it will just orbit the Milky Way forever (it may be able to survive a billion years, according to Sagan). So as mortal beings on Earth, the best we can do is read this book and imagine. Two characteristics of this book stood out to [...]

    9. pretty amazing account of an incredible human achievement. kind of dry in parts, but if you read between the lines you can really feel how the golden record is almost a microcosm of humanity's place in the universe: small, fragile, insignificant, but full of hope, pride, love, fear, and so much more. would love to hear more about this subject because it seems like more could be said, but this is a great primary source account

    10. Two magnificent spacecrafts called Voyager 1 and 2 were launched into the outer space in 1977 to investigate the outer planets, like Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and their moons, which improved astronomers' view on our Solar System. A gold-coated copper phonograph record was attached to each spacecraft as a message to possible extra-terrestrial civilizations that might encounter the spacecrafts in some distant space and time. Each record contained 118 photographs of our planet; almost 90 minute [...]

    11. Carl Sagan and numerous other scientists associated with Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) did more to foster the exploration of the solar system than any other endeavor since Galileo.This book is a fascinating review of the Voyager I and II projects, from it's early years after the Pioneer 10 project to it's eventual launch and early exploration of the planets. One of the more fascinating aspects of the mission was the Voyager Interstellar record: a gold anodized LP containing audio greetings in [...]

    12. This is a wonderful little piece of space history; a complete explanation of all the communications we sent to interstellar space aboard Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. It's inspiring to read about how much thought went into crafting these messages, given the infinitesimal chance that they will ever be received. It's a credit to Dr Sagan and his team that they took this opportunity so seriously and had the optimism to try to assemble a Dummies Guide to Human Civilization for extraterrestrial recipients [...]

    13. I bought this book when it came out in 1978 and it sat on my shelf for 37 years. I finally read it, and my timing proved to be very interesting, as human technology has improved so much after all that time. Reading what went into the Voyager record and finding out how it was recorded, with what was then state-of-the-art technology, makes me appreciate more and more the awesome technology we have today. Anyway The book was very good, and if ever another alien civilization comes across the two Voy [...]

    14. Queremos dejar una parte de nosotros para la posteridad, estos objetos que Sagan y otros muchos compusieron son los que más parte de esa posteridad van a aguantar, de lejos. Y son la mejor parte de nosotros, parte de lo que nos representa como especie, la parte que nos gustaría por lo que se nos recordara y en lo que quizás consigamos convertirnos, una especie curiosa, amable y perdida, con ganas de aprender y de encontrar significado. La explicación pormenorizada de lo que contienen merece [...]

    15. I'm fascinated with the notion of the Voyager crafts reaching beyond our solar system, even more with the idea they could reach another civilization. Let's just hope they don't use the vast information about us against us.

    16. This book is interesting from an anthropological standpoint to consider how certain humans chose to present humanity through the golden record sent on the Voyager mission. It discusses the decision-making process and details each of the images and audio chosen.

    17. As complete a document of the Voyager project's message as you will find, with essays by everyone involved, including Sagan.

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