Hello Out There!
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the launch of the Voyager spacecraft
In 1977 the Voyager 1 spacecraft was launched into space with a ‘Golden Record’ on board. The Record was designed to show the diversity of life and culture on Earth and carried recordings of sounds of the natural world, music from different cultures and greetings in 55 different languages.
Jodrell Bank’s Professor Tim O’Brien is working on a project to bring the content of Voyager’s Golden Record up-to-date. We want the children of your school to contribute, by recording their greetings to extraterrestrials!
Tim will take a selection of voices, and combine them into a track. This track will be played at the bluedot science and music festival, as well as being published online!
Here’s what Professor Tim says about the project, “The records contained lots of cultural info, including recordings of greetings in 55 different languages. I’m keen to create a modern version of this with the voices of local children, from different backgrounds and speaking in different languages. Some of it will be included in my talk at the bluedot festival, and other festivals later in the summer. It might also be put on a website. It might even get put on an actual record! But probably not sent into space. At least not yet!”
What do you need to do?
1) Record some children from your school answering the two questions below (recordings can be video, or just audio).
Remember, this track will celebrate diversity – we’d like as many different languages featured as possible!
- How would you greet an alien in your own words? (something like, “Hello from the children of planet Earth,” might be nice. Or, “Hello from your-school-name-here.” For more ideas, check out the greetings on the original Golden Record)
- What would you tell aliens about your life and what you enjoy doing?
2) After making your recordings, please send them to us. There are two ways to do this:
If you have any technical issues, please email us to let us know!
If you’d like to be involved, but are unsure of making and uploading recordings, we can arrange for some of your pupils to be recorded at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. Please email us if you are interested in arranging this!
Good luck everyone!