Impossible is nothing. Jack White’s record label Third Man Records successfully launched the first played record in space, 94 feet above the Earth before it burst. White originally discussed the idea with Neil De Grasse Tyson in 2012.
For the entire hour and twenty minutes of ascension, the Icarus turntable faithfully played Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn” (from “Cosmos” by Symphony of Science composer John Boswell) on repeat, using an impressively sturdy phono cartridge and stylus as well as an onboard flight computer programmed with a few different actions to keep the record playing while it was safe to do so.
Well done Jack and team. You even beat Daft Punk to space. Next on the list: DJing all the way to Mars.
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