Did you know that in August 1977, NASA tried to communicate with aliens? Specifically, they sent off a gold record (and a record player, too, of course) full of information about Earth and humans on two Voyager spacecraft. The disc contained diagrams of hydrogen atoms, pictures of the solar system, planet Earth, and various "human" scenes, along with sounds of human greetings in different languages, popular songs, and sound effects from Earth (including the sound of crickets, a heartbeat, and a wild dog).
The idea was Carl Sagan's, but despite him not being a fan of rock and roll, Chuck Berry's classic "Johnny B. Goode" made it to the record.
Of course, those who believe that NASA made contact with aliens a long time ago and has never disclosed this information may view this story as distracting disinformation. Others will probably wonder if NASA ever heard back from the aliens, and if that communication has since been kept top-secret.
Apparently, the gold record and record player were estimated to survive space for a billion years, so it's possible aliens may get the message way into the future.
What do you think of NASA's gold record offering to random aliens out in the galaxy? Was it a good idea? Was it a genuine attempt at communication? Share your thoughts on this in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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