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Web exhibit celebrates Golden Record, supports scientific discovery

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Jeff Tyson

A new online, interactive exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of NASA’s Voyager spacecrafts’ Golden Records is raising funds for Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute (CSI).

A Message from Earth” represents a “collage of the contemporary human condition,” according to exhibit organizer WeTransfer’s press release. The exhibit features new and exclusive pieces from 40 leading artists, musicians, photographers, authors and scientists from 20 countries, and “pays tribute to the ambitious, optimistic spirit of the original Golden Record.”

The exhibition’s intention, according to WeTransfer, is to “relay a message of goodwill and encourage further exploration” while raising awareness and funding for CSI, Astronomers without Borders and the SETI Institute. WeTransfer is providing $10,000 grants to each institution to initiate public donations, and the project will be commemorated in a $15 limited edition zine with 100 percent of revenues going to the three nonprofits.

“The Voyager Golden Record shows what we can do when we come together to create and share something bigger than us, and that feels like a welcome message in 2017,” said Stephen Canfield of WeTransfer. “We hope others feel the same, and that we can use this exhibit to raise funding for more exploration and selfless acts of cultural diplomacy in the years to come.”

The Golden Record was released on vinyl for the first time in 2017, as part of a kickstarter campaign led by Ozma Records. The successful campaign sold out quickly, but CD and LP boxsets were recently made available for purchase again. Portions of the proceeds are donated to the Carl Sagan Institute by Ozma Records. Order a box set.

- Linda B. Glaser

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