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What Would You Want People To Hear?


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 28, 2009

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Sisters by adoptionIf you could send a voice over recording into space, what would you send?

Would it be a message of hope? Of love?

Maybe you'd send a personal message or an account of history.

Be sure to leave a comment with your selections and why you chose them.

Space, The Final Frontier

As you may have heard, the late Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek) and his recently deceased wife Majel Roddenberry's ashes will be given a send-off into deep space along with digitized messages from fans.

That got me thinking...

If you could send just a handful of audio or voice over recordings into space to circle the earth and beyond, what would you send and why?

After I did some thinking, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech came to mind.

Another is the 44th President of the United States of America Barack H. Obama's inauguration speech, including the prayers, poetry and music that were heard just one week ago in front of hundreds of thousands and witnessed by millions upon millions more via television sets, computer monitors and radios.

Both messages spoke with confidence and inspired a greater hope for humanity.

Where else in our recent past can you find such phenomenal examples of how people can be filled with courage, grace and live out their faith in the face of adversity with the support of nearly the entire world?

Last but certainly not least, to give context to these live events and monumental moments captured in our time, I would include a narration of the Bible from start to finish.

I count those as some of the most significant and unifying recordings on earth and would send them because they represent the best in us while admitting our failures and how we intend to overcome them with faith in God, hope and love. They also represent our past, present and where we are destined to go.

Now, those are just my picks.

These recordings may already be making their way through space thanks to broadcast technology, however, this post is asking which recordings you'd send personally if given the chance regardless of what may be out there.

What would you send and why?

Best wishes,


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    Hi Stephanie,

    I'm not exactly sure what I would want people to hear, but several years ago I did narrate a project for Celestis, the company who sent "Timothy Leary and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry in 1997" into space. And who provided:
    * the first ever private launch into outer space (1982),
    * the first private, post-cremation memorial spaceflight (1997),
    * the first lunar burial (1999)

    A very short snippet of the beginning of the narration can be found here:

    Posted by:

      Hi Melanie,

      Thank you for sharing! That is interesting. What you've shared is another example of how there are so many recordings out there and companies who need work done.



      Posted by:

        Hi Stephanie,
        I would send...music. English language would be nice, but most likely would simply be garble to some far-away planet's inhabitants. Music is, indeed, a universal language, and would transcend language to communicate in a new way. The Beatles, Dvorak, African drum rhythms, Gregorian chants, etc. Wasn't a satellite sent into deep space some time ago with a constant soundtrack/video of music, spoken word, old Harold Lloyd movies, etc? What do you think we'd get back as an ANSWER? The plot thickens.

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        • Robin Rowan
        • January 29, 2009 11:15 AM

          As a voice artist, I could only choose one passage- John 1.1 in the King James Bible:

          In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
          2 The same was in the beginning with God.
          3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
          4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

          I don't think you can beat that for power and relevance,

          Posted by:

            On the one hand, it sounds very nice to send a message of peace and hope out into the great unknown. But on a purely practical note, if I send a note in English to Iran - they would not be able to understand it, let alone into space where there is only a cold vacuum and lifeless rocks. This may sound cynical, but I am not a cynic, just practical. The possibility of life in the beyond is a fantasy and I believe that people gravitate to this fantasy because dealing with the reality of this world is far too difficult. The idea is - when we reach those far away worlds we will encounter species who have no war, no strife, no problems - utopia! Atlantis in space! You see people have been dreaming about that for thousands of years - There are no new ideas under the sun. Unfortunately, if you read the bible, which it appears that you do, human nature is accurately described as a state of selfishness and greed and self-centered wants that has to be taught how to be loving, generous, selfless, forgiving, etc....No one is born that way; there is no Utopia or Atlantis on this earth or out in space.
            I believe a more useful spending of our time and money, rather than sending dust into space, would be to spend it on those in need right here on earth - say the homeless mother with 3 kids trying to find a place to live; the father who can't find work and so starts stealing in desperation; the children who think school is worthless because they don't see that learning creates opportunities. Spending time and money on these, and other very real earthly problems, will promote peace and forgiveness and goodwill and understanding among people right in your neighborhood - better than in the void of space, don't you think?

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            • Anonymous
            • February 1, 2009 11:25 PM

              Dear Anonymous,

              Thank you for commenting. I appreciate hearing your thoughts.

              This article drew its inspiration from the story about the Roddenberrys and digitized fan communications going into space and I chose to ask what my readers would send if they could only send a few things into space hypothetically from our industry (audio recordings specifically).

              Would these resources better help people on earth right now? Yes, they would and we've talked about how we can give back to others and help our community in previous articles.

              While I understand sending anything into space would cost a great deal of money and may never reach anyone, it was merely a hypothetical question that was asked to join in the conversation that was already going on with regard to the media and the Roddenberrys and how they are being given tribute.

              Perhaps if you could let me know who you are, we may be able to open another dialogue on this topic and further explore this as a community.

              Best wishes,


              Posted by:

                Hello Stephanie,
                I posted the above comment and I had not intended it to be anonymous, I was having trouble getting it to post and it didn't take my name. My comment was off your request, to be sure, but I was trying to point out that although you may be asking a hypothetical question, there is the real waste of time and money sending dust and recordings into space. I also consider it a hollow and shallow "tribute" to waste money in such endeavors. I hope I didn't abuse this forum by voicing my opinion. But as I pointed out, there are far more important things that we could do with our time and money.

                Best regards,

                Michael Maurice

                Posted by:
                • Michael Maurice
                • February 3, 2009 9:09 PM

                  Hi Michael,

                  Thank you for commenting again and letting us know.

                  I appreciate hearing your viewpoint and all opinions are welcome, even if they run contrary to what is being presented -- that's sometimes what makes for the best conversations!



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