2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.

Book Review: The Vinyl Frontier by Jonathan Scott

How fascinating this one was! Like apparently many (most?) Americans, I had no idea any of this happened. A golden record, sent into space? Marvelous idea, that. But how sad is is it that I had no idea it happened? Especially since I was alive at the time. I was born in 1973. Granted, I was very young in 1977, but I was still alive during major chunks of the space exploration., yet never heard a word about this. The concept of reaching out throughout time and space is fascinating, as is Carl Sagan himself, as were the discussions over what to include and how to send it.

The personalities, the science, and the humanity behind it all were incredibly interesting. The writing is a delightful blend of fact and snarky little side notes and fun facts. Reading it was like talking to your best friend from grade school. You know the one – his glasses might have never stayed on his nose, but he always knew everything about everything… I found the footnotes distracting only because of the translation of the document to my Kindle, otherwise the information they provided helped clarify a lot of things for me.

I thoroughly enjoyed exploring this pocket of space and time. And how cool would it be if in the remainder of my lifetime somebody actually responded?? ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy – and piquing my interest in space again! There is a LOT of exceptionally cool information available online via NASA – check out videos, the images and sound files, and updates here… That is also the source of the Golden Record image provided here.

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