Night & Day Archives » Night & Day

Now Hear This


If we had to assemble a taste of Earth today to send to the aliens, the gold record (aliens have standards, you know) would likely be populated with Kardashian references, information about political scandals and details of drug overdoses. But in 1977 none of these things were representative of life on our fair planet (at least, the Kardashians weren't), and so when NASA sent golden discs aboard Voyager 1 and 2, the scientists were able to keep things classy. The records included greetings in 55 different languages, a message from President Jimmy Carter, sounds of the sea and animals, and even musical offerings from around the globe. Thanks to the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Louis Science Center, these noble sounds of our existence aren't completely lost to space — you can grab a listen to a re-creation of some of them at 7 p.m. at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium (in Forest Park at Clayton and Faulkner drives), as part of SciFest 09. This Science with the Symphony concert costs $10 to attend; tickets are available at, as are more details about the rest of the festival.
Thu., Oct. 8, 2009

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.