The Golden Record Decoded

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 and 2 to explore and document our solar system and the interstellar space beyond. The craft will drift for billions of years in the emptiness, each carrying a Golden Record inscribed with our message to any intelligent spacefaring civilization that discovers it.


Produced by Luke Groskin
VR/360 Direction by Jason Drakeford
Narrated by Annie Nero
Music by  
Audio Network
Dark Was the Night – Blind Willie Johnson
Tchenhoukoumen – Charles Duvelle
Original Golden Record Images and Diagrams
F.D. Drake, Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, NASA, United Nations, Hale Observatory,
Wayne Miller/ Magnum Photos, David Harvey / Woodfin Camp Inc.,
1955 Life Magazine © Time Inc. 1947
The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum
The World Book Encyclopedia © Harper & Row Publishers Inc.
Ruby Mera / UNICEF, David Carroll, Stephen Dalton
F. D. Drake, Herman Eckelmann/ NAIC, Jon Lomberg
Gaston Rebuffat, Ray Manley/ Shostal Associates,
Isaac Newton, Lennart Nilsson, David Wickstrom
National Geographic Society Images
H. Edward Kim, William Albert Allard, Gordon W. Grahan,
James P. Blair, Thomas Nebbia, David Doubilet, Donna Grosvenor,
Joseph Scherschel, Goerge F. Mobley, Jodi Cobb

Meet the Producer

About Luke Groskin

Luke Groskin is Science Friday’s video producer. He’s on a mission to make you love spiders and other odd creatures.