March 30, 2017

An Indian Song Was Played On NASA’s Voyager 1 During Its Journey To Saturn In 1977

An Indian Song Was Played On NASA’s Voyager 1 During Its Journey To Saturn In 1977

The repeated success of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is encouraging the Indians to cover news distances, even surpassing America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration aka NASA. Though ISRO has already left NASA surprised on several occasions lately, it may take another century for ISRO to surpass the giant.

But much before ISRO’s success, an Indian raga ‘Jaat Kahan Ho Akeli Gori’ (Where are you going alone, girl) had mesmerized NASA so much that it included this masterpiece of Indian Classical music in ‘Sounds Of Earth’, an album of songs played in NASA’s Voyager 1, a man-less space shuttle launched in 1977.

And the sound of this raga, along with several others collected in 12-inch gold-plated copper disc that aims to encapsulate 5,000 years of human culture has been echoing across 13 billion miles, the Voyager 1 has travelled since 1977.

This poignant piece in raga Bhairavi was composed by Kesarbai Kerkar, the legendary singer of Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. Let’s know more about ‘Jaat Kahan Ho Akeli Gori’, it’s composer Kesarbai Kerker and Voyager 1.

Of Voyager 1 and its voyage

In 2012, NASA’s space probe Voyager 1 which travelled at more than 40,000 miles per hour, became the first man-made object to enter interstellar space, leaving behind the solar system, which marked mankind’s entry into interstellar age.

Voyager 1 was launched on September 5, 1977, to probe Saturn and Jupiter and the once in 176 years planetary alignment allowed this nuclear-powered spacecraft to travel beyond the four outer planets of the solar system.

Since 1977, it has travelled a massive 13 billion miles and it’s humanity’s most distant space presence in space, sending back unprecedented and mesmerising images and data from the points known.

How ‘Jaat Kahan Ho’ came onboard

An American astronomer Carl Sagan compiled a collection of songs in an album called ‘Sounds Of Earth’ to echo through the outer space, billion of miles from earth. The album aimed to encapsulate the 5000-year-old culture of civilised humanity complied in a 12-inch gold platted copper disc. The disc had many songs, most of the music of Beethoven, Bach and Mozart. ‘Jaat Kahan Ho.’ A celestial masterpiece from Kesarbai Kerkar, was the only song from India on the album.

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