Frank Poems: VOYAGE OF DISCCOVERY

California Institute of Technology: "The Golden Record"

(A poemification of the contents of the “golden discs” that were sent into outer space in the two Voyager rockets)

To:
Extraterrestrials Anywhere

From:
The NASA Kennedy Space Center,
Cape Canaveral, Florida

1977

Dear Extraterrestrials Anywhere,

It might have been lovely
to meet you. However,
given we probably
will no longer exist,
please find enclosed
the following gifts:

A RECORDED GREETING
from Kurt Waldheim,
Secretary General of the UN:

I send greetings on behalf
of the people of our planet.
We step out of our solar system
into the universe,
seeking only peace and friendship,
to teach if we are called upon,
to be taught if we are fortunate.
We know full well
that our planet and all its inhabitants
are but a small part
of this immense universe that surrounds us.
And it is with humanity and hope
that we take this step.

A WRITTEN STATEMENT
by Jimmy Carter,
President of the USA:

This Voyager spacecraft was constructed
by the United States of America.
We are a community
of 240 million human beings
among the more than 4 billion
who inhabit the planet Earth.
We human beings are still divided
into nation states,
but these states are rapidly becoming
a global civilization.

[Ha ha]

We cast this message into the cosmos…
It is likely to survive
a billion years into our future,
when our civilization is profoundly altered
and the surface of the Earth
may be profoundly changed.
Of the 200 billion stars
in the Milky Way galaxy
some, perhaps many,
may have inhabited planets
and space-faring civilizations.
If one such civilization intercepts Voyager
and can understand these recorded contents,
here is our message:

This is a present
from a small distant world,
a token of our sounds,
our science,
our images,
our music,
our thoughts
and our feelings.
We are attempting
to survive our time
so we may live
into yours.
We hope some day,
having solved
the problems we face,
to join a community
of galactic civilizations.
This record represents
our hope and our determination
and our goodwill
in a vast and awesome universe.

EARTH SOUNDS

  • music of the spheres
  • mother and child
  • life signs
  • heartbeat
  • F-111 flyby
  • volcanoes
  • earthquake
  • thunder
  • birds
  • pulsar
  • riveter
  • crickets
  • laughter
  • hyena
  • fire
  • rain
  • tractor
  • train
  • the first tools
  • footsteps
  • surf
  • sawing
  • wind
  • frogs
  • tame dog
  • wild dog
  • mud pots
  • Saturn 5 lift-off
  • elephant
  • horse and cart
  • speech
  • herding sheep
  • per aspera ad astra in Morse Code
  • ships
  • chimpanzee
  • blacksmith
  • bus
  • car
  • kiss

SPOKEN GREETINGS
in 55 languages
as translated below:

Akkadian

May all be very well.

Amoy

Friends of space, how are you all?
Have you eaten yet?
Come visit us if you have time.

Arabic

Greetings to our friends in the stars.
We wish that we will meet you someday.

Aramaic

Peace.

Armenian

To all those who exist in the universe,
greetings.

Bengali

Hello!
Let there be peace
everywhere.

Burmese

Are you well?

Cantonese

Hi. How are you?
Wish you peace, health
and happiness.

Czech

Dear Friends,
we wish you the best.

Dutch

Heartfelt greetings
to everyone.

English

Hello
from the children of planet Earth.

(From Carl Sagan’s six-year-old son,
Nick.)

French

Hello everybody.

German

Heartfelt greetings to all.

Greek

Greetings to you,
whoever you are.
We come in friendship
to those who are friends.

Gujarati

Greetings
from a human being of the Earth.
Please contact.

Hebrew

Peace.

Hindi

Greetings
from the inhabitants of this world.

Hittite

Hail.

Hungarian

We are sending greetings
in the Hungarian language
to all peace-loving beings
in the Universe.

Ila

We wish all of you well.

Indonesian

Good night,
ladies and gentlemen.
Goodbye
and see you next time.

Italian

Many greetings
and wishes.

Japanese

Hello!
How are you?

Kannada

Greetings.
On behalf
of Kannada-speaking people,
good wishes.

Kechua

Hello to everybody,
from this Earth
in Kechua language.

Korean

How are you?

Latin

Greetings to you,
whoever you are.
We have good will towards you
and bring peace across space.

Luganda

Greetings
to all peoples of the universe.
God give you peace always.

Mandarin

Hope everyone’s well.
We are thinking about you all.
Please come here to visit
when you have time.

Marathi

Greetings.
The people of the Earth send their good wishes.

Nepali

Wishing you a peaceful future,
from the Earthlings.

Nguni

We greet you, great ones.
We wish you longevity.

Nyanja

How are all you people
of other planets?

Oriya

Greetings
to the inhabitants of the universe
from the third planet Earth
of the star Sun.

Persian

Hello
to the residents of far skies.

Polish

Welcome,
creatures from beyond the outer world.

Portuguese

Peace and happiness to all.

Punjabi

Welcome home.
It is a pleasure to receive you.

Rajasthani

Hello to everyone.
We are happy here
and you be happy there.

Romanian

Greetings to everybody.

Russian

Greetings. I welcome you.

Serbian

We wish you everything good,
from our planet.

Sinhalese

Wish you a long life.

Sotho

We greet you,
oh great ones.

Spanish

Hello
and greetings to all.

Sumerian

May all be well.

Swedish

Greetings
from a computer programmer
in the little university town of Ithaca
on the planet Earth.

Telugu

Greetings.
Best wishes from Telugu-speaking people.

Thai

We in this world
send you our good will.

Turkish

Dear Turkish-speaking friends,
may the honors of the morning
be upon your heads.

Ukrainian

We are sending greetings
from our world,
wishing you happiness,
goodness, good health
and many years.

Urdu

Peace on you. We,
the inhabitants of this earth,
send our greetings to you.

Vietnamese

Sincerely send you
our friendly greetings.

Welsh

Good health to you
now and forever.

Wu

Best wishes
to you all.

EARTH IMAGES

  • a calibration circle diagram
  • a Chinese dinner party
  • a construction scene in Amish country
  • a cotton harvest
  • a crocodile
  • a dancer from Bali
  • a demonstration of licking,
    eating and drinking
  • a factory interior
  • a fishing boat with nets
    (Greece)
  • a flying insect
    (Ichneumonidae)
    with flowers
  • a forest scene
    with mushrooms
  • a grape picker
  • a group of children
  • a gymnast
    (Cathy Rigby)
  • a house in Ethiopia
  • a house in New England
  • a human father and daughter
    (Malaysia)
  • a human fertilized ovum
  • a human foetus
  • a human nursing mother
    (Malaysia)
  • a leaf
    (Fragaria)
  • a man from Guatemala
  • a master craftsman from Taiwan
  • a modern highway
    in Ithaca, New York
  • a modern house in Cloudcroft
    New Mexico
  • a mountain climber
    (Gaston Rébuffat)
  • a museum
  • a woman with a microscope
    in Somalia
  • a page of the book
    On the System of the World
    by Isaac Newton
  • a portrait of a human family
  • a school of fish
  • a schoolroom in Japan
  • a seashell
    (Xancidae)
  • a seashore
    (Cape Neddick, Maine)
  • a sketch of Bushmen
  • a solar location map
  • a street scene in Pakistan
  • a sunset with birds
  • a supermarket
  • a tree toad
  • a United Aircraft Corporation turbotrain
  • a waterhole
  • an airplane in flight
  • an airport in Toronto
  • an artisan with a drill
  • an astronaut in space
  • an eagle
  • an elephant
  • an old man with beard and glasses
    (Turkey)
  • an old man with dog and flowers
  • an underwater scene
    with diver and fish
  • an X-ray of a hand
  • Boston
  • cells and cell division
  • chemical definitions
  • cooking fish
  • daffodils and a tree
  • diagrams of:

a human foetus
continental drift
human conception
human family ages
human male and female
vertebrate evolution

  • DNA Structure
  • Earth
  • Egypt
    (the Red Sea,
    the Sinai Peninsula
    and the Nile)
  • Heron Island
  • house construction in Cameroon
  • House Interior with Artist and Fire
    (a photo by Jim Amos
    of Jim Gray & his wife)
  • human anatomy:

skeleton, front
skeleton and muscles, back
heart, lungs, kidneys
and main blood vessels, back
heart, lungs, kidneys
and main blood vessels, front
internal organs, back
internal organs, front
ribcage
muscles, front
sex organs

  • human conception and birth
  • Jane Goodall with chimps
  • mathematical definitions
  • Monument Valley
  • Oxford
  • physical unit definitions
  • rush-hour traffic in Thailand
  • Snake River
    and the Grand Tetons
  • snowflakes on a sequoia
  • solar system parameters
  • some Andean girls
  • some Bushmen hunters
  • some children with a globe
    (United Nations International School)
  • some dolphins
  • some fallen leaves in autumn
  • some sand dunes
  • some sprinters
    (with Valeriy Borzov of the USSR
    in the lead)
  • the Arecibo and Westerbork radio telescopes
  • the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition
  • the Golden Gate Bridge
  • the Great Barrier Reef,
    (Australia)
  • the Great Wall of China
  • the planets Mars, Mercury and Jupiter
  • the score of the cavatina
    from Beethoven’s String Quartet
    No 13
  • the solar spectrum
  • the structure of the Earth
  • the Sun
  • the Sydney Opera House
  • the Taj Mahal
  • the Titan Centaur launch
  • the UN Building
    by day and by night

EARTH MUSIC

  • the first movement
    of J S Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto
    No. 2 in F
    together with his Gavotte en rondeaux
    from Partita No. 3 in E major
    for Violin
    and the Prelude and Fugue in C
    from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • the Javanese court gamelan
    Kinds of Flowers
  • Senegalese percussion
  • a Pygmy girls’ initiation song
    from Zaire
  • the Aborigine songs
    Morning Star and Devil Bird
    from Australia
  • the Mexican song
    El Cascabel
  • a men’s house song
    from New Guinea
  • The Queen of the Night aria
    from Mozart’s The Magic Flute
  • the Tchakrulo chorus
    from the Georgian SSR
  • Peruvian panpipes and drum
    and a Peruvian wedding song
  • Melancholy Blues
    performed by Louis Armstrong
    and his Hot Seven
  • bagpipes
    from the Azerbaijan SSR
  • The Sacrificial Dance
    from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring
  • the First Movement
    of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
    together with the cavatina
    from his String Quartet No 13
    in B flat, Opus 130
  • the Bulgarian folk song
    Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin
  • a night chant
    by Navajo Indians
  • Anthony Holborne’s
    The Fairie Round
  • panpipes
    from the Solomon Islands
  • Flowing Streams
    from the Chinese Ch’in dynasty
  • the raga
    Jaat Kahan Ho
    from India
  • Dark Was the Night
    by Blind Willie Johnson

Enjoy!

Yours sincerely

Earthlings

"House by the Railroad," Edward Hopper, 1925

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