The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecrafts, which were launched in 1977. They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them. The Voyager spacecrafts are not heading towards any particular star, but Voyager 1 will be within 1.6 light-years of the star Gliese 445, currently in the constellation Camelopardalis, in about 40,000 years. 
 
As the probes are extremely small compared to the vastness of interstellar space, the probability of a space-faring civilization encountering them is very small, especially since the probes will eventually stop emitting electromagnetic radiation meant for communication. 
 
Carl Sagan noted that "The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this 'bottle' into the cosmic 'ocean' says something very hopeful about life on this planet." Thus the record is best seen as a time capsule or a symbolic statement more than a serious attempt to communicate with extraterrestrial life.

Pop Culture Connections - Outgoing

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Mugam
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This Song is featured in The Sounds of Earth performed by Various Artists
Song from USSR / Azerbaijan

Pop Culture Connections - Incoming

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Torchwood:
Season:  2  / Episode:  8 
A Day in the Death

This Television Episode refers to The Sounds of Earth performed by Various Artists
Owen Harper says that he found an alien capsule with beautiful music that he says is a response to the the Voyager album.

Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey:
Season:  1  / Episode:  1 
Standing Up in the Milky Way

This Television Episode refers to The Sounds of Earth performed by Various Artists
This record is shown playing on the Voyager space probe.

Saturday Night Live:
Season:  3  / Episode:  18 
Steve Martin / The Blues Brothers

This Television Episode refers to The Sounds of Earth performed by Various Artists
In the "Next Week in Review" segment, aliens supposedly find this record and send back a response of "Send more Chuck Berry". "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry was one of the songs included on the album.

It is the basis of these movies...

Music from a Small Planet

This Movie is inspired by The Sounds of Earth performed by Various Artists
This documentary provides the story of how the music included on this album was chosen.
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Starman

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This Movie is based on The Sounds of Earth performed by Various Artists
Aliens discover the Voyager probe and this record and come to Earth because of it. They (incorrectly) say that the album contained the song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones.
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It is referred to by these movies...

Battlefield Earth

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This Movie refers to The Sounds of Earth performed by Various Artists
Aliens find this golden album on the Voyager probe and become interested in Earth because gold is very valuable to them.
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture
part of Star Trek

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This Movie refers to The Sounds of Earth performed by Various Artists
The Voyager probes (including the fictitious Voyager 6) and their records are a significant part of the plot.

Without Warning

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  • Type: Movie
This Movie refers to The Sounds of Earth performed by Various Artists
The aliens discover this album on the Voyager probe and communicate the UN Secretary-General's message back to Earth.
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