For as long as we’ve stared into the rich indigo of the skies we’ve been wondering if there are others like us, or completely unlike us, out there.  In our attempts to seek out other intelligent life, Dr.Carl Sagan lead a NASA committe to dispatch our own timecapsule of our civilization and planet, the Voyager Golden Records, for the others to discover.

With an expected lifespan of 4.5 billion years, this gold record contains audio and images of what life on our planet looks and sounds like as well as an overview of our technological, artistic, and scientific achievements.  It’s a curated baby version of our most fundamental understanding of ourselves and the tiny but significant dust particle we live on and it took off in 1977 on the Voyager mission.

The plaque on the outside of the record uses a symbology to instruct the recipient in how to use the artifact and access the information on it as well as illustrations of the hydrogen atoms from which everything we know is constructed and the pulsars that identify our location.

"The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this ‘bottle’ into the cosmic ‘ocean’ says something very hopeful about life on this planet."

It’s a fascinating project to create a truly universal communication system and information archive and it shows our inspiration to grow beyond ourselves.