They made it from beer cans, razors, safety pins, and did I do this part already? Whatever. They loaded it with the most precious artifacts of human culture they could find in Mexican Johnny D-bag’s van. “You gotta make it faster than regular Voyager,” said Red. “So our culture
gets to the aliens before the CIA’s fascist pseudo-culture.”
posted by Tom-B
on Jan 26, 2013 -
"I was sitting with some friends in Woodstock when a telephone call was forwarded to me from someone who claimed to be from NASA, and who wanted to use a piece of my music to contact extraterrestrial life. I said, 'C'mon, if you're for real you better send the request to me through the mail on official NASA letterhead!'"
Laurie Spiegel is a composer and a humanist software developer
. [more inside]
posted by obscurator
on Dec 19, 2012 -
Voyager I is now leaving the heliosphere, and is entering interstellar space.
"With absolutely no attempt at hyperbole at all, it is fair to say that this is one of - if not the - biggest achievement of the human race. For, as we speak, an object conceived in the human mind, and built by our tools, and launched from our planet, is sailing out of the further depths of our solar system - and will be the first object made by man to sail out into interstellar space."
posted by Dipsomaniac
on Jun 15, 2012 -
In 2273, after having been thought lost in a black hole, Voyager 6 returned to Federation space as V'Ger
, the massive and menacing spaceship at the heart of Star Trek: The Motion Picture
... Designing the Living Machine
- concept art for V'Ger, Redesigning the Walk to V’Ger
, The Lighting and Photography of Star Trek's "V'ger"
, working on the interior of V'ger
, V'ger External View
, V'Ger - Spock Mindmeld Model Piece
(scroll way down) (may contain Darth Vader and Miss Piggy
), animating the "V'ger Probe"
, V'ger rear view
posted by Artw
on May 3, 2012 -
Click the photo at the top of the linked page to view The Voyagers
, a rumination on the universe, love, a golden record and two small space probes.
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Dec 26, 2011 -
The Cynic's Corner
, abandoned in 2003, features a handful of reviews for various Star Trek TV franchises, as well as Andromeda (ostensibly a Roddenberry project) and Babylon 5. Each review covers a variety of topics, including the Temporal Anomaly Of The Week, Spatial Anomaly Of The Week, Unexplained Mystery Of The Week, and the War Crime Of The Week. An entertaining read, and serious time sink, for anyone currently skipping past Lwaxana Troi episodes on Netflix Instant.
posted by Brocktoon
on Oct 17, 2011 -
August and September 2011 mark 34 years in the journeys
of Voyager 1 and 2
. The two scientific probes, progeny of the Mariner program
, were sent out to survey this solar system and beyond. Voyager 2 completed
the Grand Tour
in 2009 (excluding Pluto), and Voyager 1 is getting closer to interstellar space
). Both scientific probes were sent out in with a time capsule from 1977
, golden records
secured in plain view on the outside of the Voyager Spacecraft. These greetings from earth (alt links: Coral Cache, Archive.org)
were recorded in the form of 116 images, a collection of sounds of this planet
in 55 languages
), 27 songs from around the world
, and brain waves of Ann Druyan
, then recently engaged to Carl Sagan
. For all that work, the "Mix Tape of the Gods" almost didn't get sent into space
because of some last-minute writing in the run-outs. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 5, 2011 -
"I can sense stars, and their whispers amid the roaring of our own Sun." So goes one poetic status of the Voyager 2 twitterfeed
, which appeals to my sense of wonder like nothing else on the internet. Interstellar space probes and microblogging go hand in hand in the 21st Century.
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 21, 2010 -
In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft, fastening to each a phonograph album containing sounds and music of Earth. If the best calculations are to be believed, one of these records was intercepted and “remixed” sometime in 2005 by extraterrestrial intelligences on the edge of our solar system. Ladies and Gentlemen: the Voyager Interstellar Record, Remixed by Extraterrestrials
posted by muckster
on Nov 13, 2010 -
One of the songs on the Golden Record included on the two Voyager spacecraft was Flowing Water
performed by Guan Pinghu on the guqin. The guqin, Confucius' favorite instrument, has been played in China for at least 3000 years. There's a lot of guqin videos
out there but the two players I listen to the most are jts1702a
and Charlie Huang
(who is the main contributer to Wikipedia's excellent guqin article
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 10, 2008 -
Voyager's Golden Record
This is life on earth 1977 as it will appear when Voyager 1 meets life (ETA 40.000 years from now)... and finds a turntable.
Pioneers 10 and 11, which preceded Voyager, both carried small metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin for the benefit of any other spacefarers that might find them in the distant future. With this example before them, NASA placed a more ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2-a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record
-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds
and images selected to portray the diversity
posted by Bravocharlie
on Dec 13, 2006 -
Ry Cooder once said Dark Was The Night--Cold Was The Ground
was the most soulful, transcendent piece of American music
recorded in the 20th Century. Unearthly
and music of the spheres
were common descriptions long before both became fact when it was included on a golden record was affixed to the star bound Voyager
space probe. My first encounter with Dark Was The Night
was while watching, and then listening to the soundtrack album of, Piero Paulo Pasolini’s The Gospel According To St. Matthew
--or as it is known in Sicily kickin' Bootsville, Il Vangelo de Matteo
--which is, in my humble opinion, the Greatest. Jesus. Movie. Evar. Ironically, coincidentally and serendipitously, it was an apt choice by Pasolini, as the hymn
from which Blind Willie Johnson
's wordless moan derives is a song about Christ’s passion—his suffering and crucifixion. (Continued with much more within)
posted by y2karl
on Sep 15, 2005 -
Saturn's enigmatic moon Titan
holds on to its mysteries. Radar images
reveal quite a bit of variation but no clear interpretation. The hazy atmosphere prevents the sudden shock of discovery that characterized the Voyager and Galileo flybys of the moons of Jupiter, revealing little more than fuzzy Rorschach blobs.
With less than 1% of the surface mapped, researchers suspect that Titan has a young surface
shaped by processes that have yet to be revealed.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Nov 5, 2004 -
Far, far away.
Today, Voyager 1 will reach 90 AU
from the sun, around which distance it is expected to cross the "termination shock," finally crossing into the fuzzy boundary between the heliosphere
and true interstellar
space. (Yes, it's taken that long
to get there.) Some even think that the termination shock has already been reached
, but then re-expanded past the spacecraft. Tears need not be shed yet for these distant explorers: both Voyagers have juice
till about 2020, and the mission remains very much alive.
(No word, however, on a possible return to the Creator
posted by brownpau
on Nov 5, 2003 -
Star Trek: Voyager fanfiction.
For years, people have asked themselves, what would happen if certain crewmembers hooked up? Endless combinations have been thought out and pondered, but perhaps the most popular of all, Janeway and Seven of Nine, has been given the full treatment here. Possibly not safe for work (especially the "R" rated stories), because you could be carried out as you laugh yourself to death. A look into the bizarre and often highly amusing world of fanfiction.
posted by insomnyuk
on Oct 19, 2003 -