The content of the Voyager Golden Record was selected by a NASA committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University.  

The intention was to make a permanent record of humanity.  This record, if found by an extraterrestrial intelligence, would give a clear picture of our ways of life, our artistic endeavours, and our current state of scientific progress.  Music, photos, and more were encoded into the golden grooves of the phonograph.  

A copy of the record was placed on both Voyager 1 & Voyager 2, deep space probes that NASA launched in 1977 to explore our solar system and beyond.  

As of today, both Voyager 1 & 2 have left the solar system and are still operating in the cold vacuum of space.


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.
— Carl Sagan, Chair of the NASA Voyager Golden Record Committee