There's music floating in Outer Space. And we're not just being fancy or poetic. There are actually two disks filled with songs that are floating out beyond the planets that are most distant to Earth. The disks are strapped to the sides of the Voyager probes which were launched to explore the outer edges of our galaxy and whatever lies beyond them. In this podcast, we hear from two of the three people who decided what music would go on the disks, to learn why they thought it was important to let whatever extraterrestrial life may exist in the universe know that human being make music.
The podcast is hosted by Roger Launius, a curator in the Space History Division of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.