I've blogged previously about the space probe Voyager, which left the solar system a while ago. It has featured in one of the early Star Trek movies and elsewhere. It carries a Golden Record which provides details on the location of the Earth and sounds and images representing life on earth.

The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University, et. al. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind and thunder, birds, whales, and other animals. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages, and printed messages from President Carter and U.N. Secretary General Waldheim.

The band Big Big Train have a track called Voyager, which is all about the space probe.

Some selected lyrics:

Heading further out
To reach uncharted shorelines
Setting sail for the distant stars
The wonder of new worlds
Beyond the next headland
Over the far horizon
Out into the open skies
To find out what we are
How far we've come
How far we can go

Lyrics: Gregpry Spawton


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