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The making of the Voyager Golden Record

Still flying through and beyond our Solar System, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes carry aboard with them a Golden Record, demonstrating the life and culture of planet Earth – see images of this iconic time capsule being made in 1977.

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Voyager Phonograph Record, 5-10-1977

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Voyager Recording Session, 6-17-77

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Voyager Recording Session, 6-29-77 1

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Voyager Recording Session, 6-29-77 2

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Voyager Recording Session, 6-29-77 3

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Voyager Recording Session, 6-29-77 4

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Voyager, Recording Session, 6-29-77 5

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Voyager Recording Session, 6-29-77 6

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Voyager Golden Record production; record machine fixture, 6-30-77 1

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Voyager Golden Record production machine and fixture, 6-30-77 2

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Voyager Golden Record production machine and fixture, 6-30-77 3

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Voyager Golden Record production machine, 6-30-77 4

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Voyager Golden Record production machine and fixture, 6-30-77 4

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Voyager Golden Record, project plastic lab, 7-21-77

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Voyager Golden Record, etching, 7-28-77 1

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Voyager Golden Record etching, 7-28-77 2

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Voyager Golden Record, etching, 7-28-77 3

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Voyager Golden Record, etching, 7-28-77 4

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Voyager Golden Record, etching, 7-28-77 5

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Voyager Golden Record, etching, 7-28-77 6

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Voyager Golden Record, gold plating, 8-23-77 1

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Voyager Gold Record, Gold Plating, 8-23-77 2

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Voyager Golden Record, gold plating, 8-23-77 3

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Voyager Golden Record, gold plating, 8-23-77 4

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Voyager Golden Record, lamination bonding, 8-30-77 1

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Voyager Golden Record, lamination bonding, 8-30-77 2

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Voyager Golden Record, lamination bonding, 8-31-77

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Voyager Gold Record assembly at KSC, 8-4-77

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John Casani, 8-4-77

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Mounting the Golden Record

All images © NASA/JPL-Caltech

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For more on the incredible Voyager missions pick up issue 312 of BBC Focusmagazine or the Sky at Night Magazine special edition celebrating 40 years of the probes’ journey.


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