In 1977, twin golden records were sent into space on the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. Still sailing through space at nearly 60,000 km per hour, the records contain sound, songs, and images from earth. But how did NASA include images on an analog record? Here, we decoded the audio, and see the images the way that aliens were intended to see them.
An in-depth guide and video from Ron Barry, who walked me through his own process early on in my research:
Link to Manuel’s code on GitHub:
Link to the full audio data:
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