Hoping Aliens are Hipsters Who Enjoy Vinyl

by Nancy Atkinson on December 4, 2013

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JPL’s venerable Ed Stone, the Project Scientist for the Voyager spacecraft for over 40 years, made an appearance on the Colbert Report last night, bantering easily with the no-holds-barred host and discussing the significance of the Voyager mission, from the two launches in 1977 to Voyager 1′s recent celebrated arrival in interstellar space.

Colbert also was tasked by NASA to present Stone with NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal for a lifetime of scientific achievement. See below:

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Voyager included a golden record with images and sounds of Earthly life recorded on it... just in case. (NASA)

Voyager included a golden record with images and sounds of Earthly life recorded on it… just in case. (NASA)

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Kawarthajon December 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

If you’re in Canada and want to watch this, you’ve got to go here:

http://www.thecomedynetwork.ca/shows/TheColbertReport?videoPackage=141587

Ernesto Gini December 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

No, the solar system is not American, and I guess (and hope) America and other nations will not exist when we set foot on the first planet out there.

JusMoney December 4, 2013 at 2:47 PM

send more chuck berry.

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