The vinyl edition of Nasa's Golden Voyager record is now available for pre-orders and will be released to the public for the first time in January 2018.
In 1977, Nasa launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, in search of extra-terrestrial life. Each spacecraft is now hurtling beyond the reaches of our solar system with the "Voyager Golden Record" – two gold-plated copper disks featuring sounds and songs of Earth capturing as much of humanity as possible.
Nasa had released the sounds of the record – curated by a committee headed by astronomer Carl Savagan – on Soundcloud and on CD, but now, you can own a vinyl version of the record thanks to Ozma Records, which is preparing to release it as early as January through distributor Light in the Attic.
Though this version won't be wrapped in gold, like the one soaring through deep space, it would still have the sounds that Nasa sent 40 years ago.
"The Golden Record tells a story of our planet expressed in sounds, images, and science: Earth's greatest music from myriad peoples and eras, from Bach and Beethoven to Blind Willie Johnson and Chuck Berry, Benin percussion to Solomon Island panpipes," Ozma Records said in a statement.
"Natural sounds — birds, a train, a baby's cry, a kiss — are collaged into a lovely audio poem called Sounds of Earth. There are spoken greetings in dozens of human languages — and one whale language — and more than 100 images encoded in analog that depict who, and what, we are."
The Vinyl version costs at $98 (£74) and comes with a softcover book providing more insights into the Voyager missions, while the CD is available at a slightly lower price of $50. Grab yours via Ozma Records' website.