70s Flashback: The Making of Voyager's Golden Record

Forty years after blasting off, Earth's most distant ambassadors -- the twin Voyager spacecraft -- are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos. Take a look back to the making of the Voyager records In these August 1977 photos.

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Gold plating took place on August 23, 1977 for Voyager record.
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The etching process for the Voyagers golden record of the sounds of Earth.
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Lacquer masters of the records were sent to the James G. Lee Record Processing center in Gardena, California.
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The records had the inscription "To the makers of music – all worlds, all times" hand-etched on its surface.
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The record's cover is aluminum and electroplated upon it is an ultra-pure sample of the isotope uranium-238. Uranium-238 has a half-life of 4.468 billion years.
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A record is prepared for the Voyager mission.
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The record is constructed of gold-plated copper and is 12 inches in diameter.
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A look at the Voyager golden record cover.
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The Voyager golden record with its sounds and songs prepared for distant civilizations.
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The shiny golden record before it was mounted to Voyager.
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The golden record is mounted on one of the twin Voyagers in August 1977.
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Engineers work on NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in March 1977.
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Voyager 2 is hoisted to its launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral in August 1977.
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