Only one human-touched object has ever entered interstellar space: NASA’s Voyager 1, bearing with it greetings to extraterrestrials in the form of a Golden Record.
“40 Years of Cosmic Discovery: Celebrating the Voyager Missions and Humanity’s Message to Space” at Cornell opens with
A panel at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 in Bailey Hall, featuring people who worked on the mission:
• Ann Druyan, Emmy- and Peabody-award winning writer/producer/director and creative director of NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Message;
• Frank Drake, chairman emeritus, SETI Institute and creator of the Drake Equation;
• Steve Squyres, Cornell’s James A. Weeks Professor and principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rovers mission; as well as
• Lisa Kaltenegger, associate professor of astronomy and director of Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute; and
• Jonathan Lunine, the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science.
One of the handful of Golden Record covers that remain on Earth will be featured in a special exhibit at Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, courtesy of Ann Druyan — it has never before been on public display.
The multi-media exhibit will include images and sounds from the Golden Record, as well as the original book by Isaac Newton that was photographed for the Golden Record and a first-edition, signed copy of Carl Sagan’s “Murmurs of Earth.” A copy of the Voyager Golden Record boxed set, newly issued by Ozma Records and donated by producers Timothy Daly and David Pescovitz, will also be on display. The free exhibit will be open on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 9 am – 5 pm, Friday, Oct. 20 from 9 am – 5 pm, and Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11 am – 5 pm, on level 2B, Kroch Library.
All events are free and the public is invited.