In 1977, Voyager I was sent into space to study the outer solar system, specifically Jupiter, Saturn, and Titan (Saturn’s largest moon).
Having completed it’s primary mission in 1980, Voyager was then moved to study the outer Heliosphere, a bubble-like region of space created by plasma pushed out from sun that extends beyond Pluto.
It was on this journey where Voyager captured the famous Pale Blue Dot photo. The scientists had the idea to stop Voyager and instructed to turn around and take a picture of Earth.
This tiny reflection of our world from Voyager’s position is wonderously described by astronomer Carl Sagan as “on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam”.
Sagan points out in his lecture that this tiny dot of space is where “everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives”.
The Voyager craft included a “golden record”, or a gold plated audio-visual disc, showcasing our world should the capsule ever be found by intelligent life.
The record on Voyager I contained photos of earth and it’s lifeforms, sounds of a baby crying, whales, waves on a shore, and music by Mozart, Chuck Berry, and Valya Balkanska to name a few.
The crew over at Supamonk Studio built a beautiful short film based on an intriguing, imaginative story idea. What if Voyager I returned to earth in a post-apocalytic future?
An interesting and creative look at the future, and a twist to the original plan of the golden record – what if the intelligent life that discovers the record is us in the future?