The Golden Record Remastered

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WHEN: Tuesday September 27 at 7pm
WHERE: WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Space (44 Charlton Street, New York)

What message should we send into the depths of space to represent humanity?

That was the challenge faced by Carl Sagan and a select group of scientists, technologists, and artists in the late ‘70s in advance of the 1977 launch of the Voyager spacecraft. Voyager left Earth carrying messages for our cosmic neighbors: the Golden Record. The record described Earth and its human inhabitants to potential extraterrestrial civilizations in an attempt to  as advisor B. M. Oliver expressed it  "appeal to and expand the human spirit."

Science Friday and Studio 360 are re-imagining the Golden Record in anticipation of its 40th anniversary with an evening of art, science, and exploration. The evening is presented in collaboration with The Greene SpaceGroupmuse and WQXR and will feature performances by the Ulysses Quartet and Tenth Intervention as well as a discussion with Kurt, writer and blogger Maria Popova, and Science Friday's Ira Flatow.

We're also updating the Golden Record idea for 2016 — and we need your help. What music or other sound would you put on it?  Record a voice memo and send it to studio360@wnyc.org. Or fill out this survey.

Produced with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.