The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the US space agency, has conducted many investigations and missions over the years to find answers to many hidden answers. In 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 to fly across the solar system and give humanity unprecedented access to the world far from us. Each of these spacecraft had a 12-inch gold-plated copper disc. Later known as the Golden Records, these discs had music and images engraved into them for any intelligent beings the spacecraft had met on their long journeys.
After visiting Jupiter and Saturn, the twins parted: Voyager 1 studied Saturn’s moon Titan while Voyager 2 swung past Uranus and Neptune. Today, Voyager 1 is the farthest man-made object from Earth at a distance of nearly 24 billion kilometers in interstellar space.
The Golden Records contains messages packaged in a bottle, which includes greetings spoken in 55 languages, sounds and images from nature. He also had a written welcome letter from Jimmy Carter, whose spacecraft was launched during his presidency.
Golden records are built to last a billion years in space, but these tiny pieces of humanity can exist for trillions of years, says James Edward Hushingson, professor emeritus and lecturer in religion and science at Florida International University. The professor published an article in The Conversation trying to shed light on what the Voyager probes can teach about humanity and heritage.
He wrote: “For many people, immortality is the eternal existence of the soul or soul that follows death.” “It can also mean that one’s legacy continues in memory and records.”
The golden records on the twin Voyager spacecraft provide such a legacy, but they are only meaningful if they are discovered and appreciated by a future space civilization. “With Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 estimated to be over a trillion years old, they are just as immortal as human artifacts,” the author added.
All living species, mountains, seas, and forests were long gone even before the sun ran out of fuel in about 5 billion years. But the Voyager spacecraft will still be floating in space, along with golden records as a testament and legacy for Earth.