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Who would hear the classical music on Voyager spacecraft?

Launched in 1977, Voyager was sent to study the outer planets, and has now travelled further than anyone or anything in history. It’s so far away it takes 17 hours for a radio signal sent from the craft to be picked up on Earth. Along with greetings in 55 languages, music submitted by countries across the world was transferred onto a gold vinyl record to serve as a message to any life form that might someday stumble across the spacecraft. The out-of-this-world playlist includes jazz by Louis Armstrong, traditional tunes from different continents, and classical music by great composers including Bach, Stravinsky, Beethoven and Mozart. Full list of music on the Voyager spacecraft Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement Java, court gamelan, “Kinds of Flowers,” recorded by Robert Brown Senegal, percussion, recorded by Charles Duvelle Zaire, Pygmy girls’ initiation song, recorded by Colin Turnbull Australia, Aborigine songs, Morning Star and Devil Bird, recorded by Sandra LeBrun Holmes Mexico, El Cascabel, performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the Mariachi México Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry New Guinea, men’s house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan Japan, shakuhachi, Tsuru No Sugomori (“Crane’s Nest,”) performed by Goro Yamaguchi Bach, Gavotte en rondeaux from Partita No. 3 in E major for Violin Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria Georgian S.S.R., chorus, Tchakrulo Peru, panpipes and drum Melancholy Blues, Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No.1 Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, First Movement Bulgaria, Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin Navajo Indians, Night Chant Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, The Fairie Round Solomon Islands, panpipes Peru, wedding song China, ch’in, Flowing Streams India, raga, Jaat Kahan Ho Dark Was the Night, Blind Willie Johnson Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina The spacecraft will not approach another star for nearly 40,000 years. By this time, the plutonium power sources will have run out of power and the 20W transmitters will have stopped broadcasting a signal, so there’s no way of knowing whether alien life forms will have discovered the music – or worked out how to play it.