Voyager Spacecraft

Dear Steve Cannon / Tribes, This is the highest resolution version of the photo of Saturn that appeared recently in The Times that I could find online. It is from NASA’s website.


NASA explains that it is a composite mosaic assembled from 141 wide-angle images and taken over a 4 hour period on July 19, 2013 from the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. The spacecraft was launched from Earth in 1997 to study the Saturn system specifically.

The second picture is a detail which shows our planet Earth as a speck, but clearly visible towards the lower right of the main subject.

Earth from Saturn 2

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Also here, at your request, is the complete list of the music that is traveling aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft (launched from Earth in 1977). The Voyager 1 spacecraft is believed to have recently passed the outer reaches of our Solar System (17 billion miles from The Sun).

Voyager 1

The music, sounds and images on the Voyager spacecraft were compiled by a team led by astronomer Carl Sagan of Cornell University on a disc known as The Voyager Golden Record.

The music:

Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, Munich Bach    Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor. 4:40

Java, court gamelan, "Kinds of Flowers," recorded by Robert Brown. 4:43

Senegal, percussion, recorded by Charles Duvelle. 2:08

Zaire, Pygmy girls' initiation song, recorded by Colin Turnbull. 0:56

Australia, Aborigine songs, "Morning Star" and "Devil Bird," recorded by  Sandra LeBrun Holmes. 1:26

Mexico, "El Cascabel," performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the Mariachi México. 3:14

“Johnny B. Goode," written and performed by Chuck Berry. 2:38

New Guinea, men's house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan. 1:20

Japan, shakuhachi, "Tsuru No Sugomori" ("Crane's Nest,") performed by Goro Yamaguchi. 4:51

Bach, "Gavotte en rondeaux" from the Partita No. 3 in E major for Violin, performed by Arthur Grumiaux. 2:55

Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14. Edda Moser, soprano. Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor. 2:55

Georgian S.S.R., chorus, "Tchakrulo," collected by Radio Moscow. 2:18

Peru, panpipes and drum, collected by Casa de la Cultura, Lima. 0:52

"Melancholy Blues," performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven. 3:05

Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes, recorded by Radio Moscow. 2:30

Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor. 4:35

Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No.1. Glenn Gould, piano. 4:48

Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, First Movement, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor. 7:20

Bulgaria, "Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin," sung by Valya Balkanska. 4:59

Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes. 0:57

Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, "The Fairie Round," performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London. 1:17

Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service. 1:12

Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen. 0:38

China, ch'in, "Flowing Streams," performed by Kuan P'ing-hu. 7:37

India, raga, "Jaat Kahan Ho," sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar. 3:30

"Dark Was the Night, ( Cold Was the Ground )" written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson. 3:15

Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by Budapest String Quartet. 6:37


Here Comes The Sun, written by George Harrison and recorded on The Beatles’ Abbey Road was to be included on The Voyager Golden Record but rights of usage were withheld by then license holders of the recording, EMI. Otherwise all 4 then living members of the group had consented to the song’s usage on Voyager spacecraft.

For more on Voyager, Cassini-Huygens and our fascinating exploration of the vast universe, link to NASA’s


Bests -Rafael