Today is the Unofficial Golden Disk Day

{mosimage} So who knew that NASA was full of Transformers fans? Today is "Golden Disk Day" in honor of our favorite Transformers show, Beast Wars. Astronauts, engineers, etc. all love alien robots that disguise themselves as Earth animals only to fight each other thousands of years in Earth's past. 

That's not entirely true. Today is the 30th anniversary of the Voyager 2 launch. The space probe was launched on August 20, 1977 and is actually still broadcasting information back to NASA. Voyager 1 was launched September 5, 1977 and is now in the heliosheath, the beginning of the end of our solar system. Voyager 2 will enter the heliosheath later this year. Both probes contain golden disks entitled "Sounds of Earth" which detail various Earth landmarks, customs and a brief education of various languages–just in case giant mechanical aliens do happen across the probes. 

Space science may not be the most interesting subject for everyone, but the way that Beast Wars integrated the Voyager program into the Transformers mythos makes today somewhat poignant for those Beast Wars fans out there.

You can read more about the Voyager Space Program and it's anniversary here