Next week, rocker Jack White (previously of The White Stripes) plans to make an announcement through his Third Man Records group that appears to have something to do with Carl Sagan and space.
But if he’s already released that album, what’s happening on July 30?
“We want to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player, and possibly that Carl Sagan record, and figure out a way to drop the needle with all that turbulence up there and ensure that it will still play,” he said in a chat recorded by Interview magazine. Aldrin recommended that White talk to the CEO of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, because Branson is “always interested in doing unusual things,” he said.
That wouldn’t necessarily be memorable as far as famous firsts go, but playing the words of Sagan on an album in outer space? There’s something beautiful and poetic about that.