August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day)

August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day)

Monday, August 20th, 2007 2:16pm CDT

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Today is the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager 2 spacecraft which is kind of a special day in the Transformers mythos. Some of you might be wondering how this bit of news made it into Seibertron.com's Transformers news section. The Voyager spacecrafts each carry a special "golden disk". According to Transformers lore, the disks were discovered in the future by Beast Wars Megatron.

Wikipedia wrote:
The Voyager Golden Record is a phonograph record included in the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. It contains sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. It is intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or far future humans, that may find it. The Voyager spacecraft will take about 40,000 years to come near another star, 'near' meaning in this case within around 1.7 light-years' distance; hence, if other beings do not come in the direction of the spacecraft to meet them, it will take at least that long for the Golden Record to be found.


Wikipedia wrote:
In the Transformers series Beast Wars, the Golden Disk stolen by the Predacons was in fact the Voyager Record. This disk was prized by the Transformer race, as it alone told the location of Earth and thus a plentiful source of Energon. The disk also contained a secret message from the original Megatron. The record was destroyed by Dinobot to prevent the Predacon Megatron from having the ability to change the future. However, Megatron recovered a piece of the disk, so that the Decepticon-turned-Predacon Ravage would join his side after watching the message left by his former commander.


Here are some other interesting links pertaining to the Voyager spacecraft:

  • Wikipedia: Voyager Programs

  • Space.com: Voyager Spacecraft Celebrate 30th Anniversary

  • Wikipedia: Voyager Golden Record


  • So without further ado, let's all have an Energon drink in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Voyager 2 spacecraft's launch! Anyone else up for calling today "Golden Disk Day"?

    Cover for Voyager Golden Record

    Voyager Golden Record


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    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295884)
    Posted by Insurgent on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:18pm CDT
    And here was me thinking 'The Sounds of the Earth' seen in BW was an easter egg. Silly me.


    Happy Golden Disk Day Everyone!!!

    Rum and party...um...people on the good ship ODB! YARRR! :grin:
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295887)
    Posted by Cyber Bishop on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:19pm CDT
    V'ger... :grin:

    I feel old.. I do remember this launching and all of the publicity that ensued.
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295896)
    Posted by Wheeljack35 on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:24pm CDT
    Cyber Bishop wrote:V'ger... :grin:


    I was thinking the same thing :grin:
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295900)
    Posted by mexi-con on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:26pm CDT
    Hey, do they still sell those Golden Disks that were made a couple of years ago?
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295907)
    Posted by Seibertron on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:29pm CDT
    Insurgent wrote:And here was me thinking 'The Sounds of the Earth' seen in BW was an easter egg. Silly me.


    Where does this happen in the cartoon? I think I missed that somehow. :)
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295909)
    Posted by Autobot032 on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:31pm CDT
    Wheeljack35 wrote:
    Cyber Bishop wrote:V'ger... :grin:


    I was thinking the same thing :grin:


    Yeah, but in almost 30 years since V'ger, Kirk still hasn't found the right toupee'.
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295910)
    Posted by Megatron Wolf on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:31pm CDT
    its been 30 years already? Damn. Speaking of transformer theme days is it true that september 7th is national Grimlock day?
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295935)
    Posted by Insurgent on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:45pm CDT
    Seibertron wrote:
    Insurgent wrote:And here was me thinking 'The Sounds of the Earth' seen in BW was an easter egg. Silly me.


    Where does this happen in the cartoon? I think I missed that somehow. :)



    When Megs is explaining to Rampage about the mountain. Before he puts it in his holoreader, you can see the Sounds of Earth side. I just thought it was an easter egg referencing them old Vynal thingies.
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295942)
    Posted by Supreme Convoy on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:50pm CDT
    I guess I'm an idiot... I didn't realize the Golden Disc was based on a real item...
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295948)
    Posted by Dr. Caelus on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:53pm CDT
    There's another catch to this too, isn't there?

    IIRC, the record was inside a larger case (which also had writing on it) for protection from the elements. What you see be lugged around through the first half of the series then is actually the big thick case, and that scene w/ Rampage is the first time Megs actually pops the record out of the case.

    I think.
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295966)
    Posted by --B-- on August 20th, 2007 @ 3:04pm CDT
    So, if the ship was sent out in 1977, and the disc probably made in 1975 or 1976, and the passengers on the Ark were awoken in 1984, how did G1 Megatron get the message on the disc?

    Was this ever talked about?

    And how did BW Megatron get the disc?

    Or do i just chalk that up to another "just be quiet and enjoy the cartoons!!"?
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295975)
    Posted by Liege Evilmus on August 20th, 2007 @ 3:08pm CDT
    The best holiday of the year,

    Today I shall display my replicas proudly as they truely do bring all the TF continums together with a dash of real life!
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295987)
    Posted by Liege Evilmus on August 20th, 2007 @ 3:13pm CDT
    Autobot032 wrote:
    Wheeljack35 wrote:
    Cyber Bishop wrote:V'ger... :grin:


    I was thinking the same thing :grin:


    Yeah, but in almost 30 years since V'ger, Kirk still hasn't found the right toupee'.


    That little satalite sure does get around huh!?!

    Does anyone else fear another crossover if the assorted writers catch wind of this thread?
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (295992)
    Posted by Megatron Wolf on August 20th, 2007 @ 3:15pm CDT
    --B-- wrote:So, if the ship was sent out in 1977, and the disc probably made in 1975 or 1976, and the passengers on the Ark were awoken in 1984, how did G1 Megatron get the message on the disc?

    Was this ever talked about?

    And how did BW Megatron get the disc?

    Or do i just chalk that up to another "just be quiet and enjoy the cartoons!!"?


    If im not mistaken Ravage in BW explanes it. From the way it was stated Megatron did it after he woke up. It was in case the Decepticons lost the war. I have the feeling that Soundwave found out about the disc and Megatron had Skywarp fly him to it so he could inscribe the message on the disc. If im not mistaken the voyager was still in our solar system when the Transformers woke up.
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (296003)
    Posted by Insurgent on August 20th, 2007 @ 3:21pm CDT
    Megatron_Wolf wrote:
    --B-- wrote:So, if the ship was sent out in 1977, and the disc probably made in 1975 or 1976, and the passengers on the Ark were awoken in 1984, how did G1 Megatron get the message on the disc?

    Was this ever talked about?

    And how did BW Megatron get the disc?

    Or do i just chalk that up to another "just be quiet and enjoy the cartoons!!"?


    If im not mistaken Ravage in BW explanes it. From the way it was stated Megatron did it after he woke up. It was in case the Decepticons lost the war. I have the feeling that Soundwave found out about the disc and Megatron had Skywarp fly him to it so he could inscribe the message on the disc. If im not mistaken the voyager was still in our solar system when the Transformers woke up.


    If the flashback is anything to go by, the satellite was out by Saturn when Megs inscribed the message. Guess it can't have gotten too far in those 7 years.
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (296008)
    Posted by Powermaster Jazz on August 20th, 2007 @ 3:23pm CDT
    *Johnny Carson voice* I did not know that.
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (296013)
    Posted by Liege Evilmus on August 20th, 2007 @ 3:24pm CDT
    Megatron_Wolf wrote:
    --B-- wrote:So, if the ship was sent out in 1977, and the disc probably made in 1975 or 1976, and the passengers on the Ark were awoken in 1984, how did G1 Megatron get the message on the disc?

    Was this ever talked about?

    And how did BW Megatron get the disc?

    Or do i just chalk that up to another "just be quiet and enjoy the cartoons!!"?


    If im not mistaken Ravage in BW explanes it. From the way it was stated Megatron did it after he woke up. It was in case the Decepticons lost the war. I have the feeling that Soundwave found out about the disc and Megatron had Skywarp fly him to it so he could inscribe the message on the disc. If im not mistaken the voyager was still in our solar system when the Transformers woke up.


    Also wouldn't it make some sense that his sparks interaction with BW Megatron could have left a notion to inspire him to do this.

    That always made some sense to me because "TRANSWARP" technology wasn't part of G1, they had space bridged and dimesional rift gadgets, but not "TRANSWARP" as Megatron states is being developed. How else could he imagine it would have a time altering quality to it :-?
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (296019)
    Posted by jgilkinson on August 20th, 2007 @ 3:28pm CDT
    It should be a national day off work
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (296033)
    Posted by 1337W422102 on August 20th, 2007 @ 3:35pm CDT
    Call it 'Golden Disk Day'? How ironic... I have no choice at all...
    Re: August 20th: 30th anniversary of Voyager 2 space craft (aka Golden Disk Day) (296060)
    Posted by King Starscream89 on August 20th, 2007 @ 3:51pm CDT
    Yay Happy Golden disk day to all

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