Jack White's label plays first phonographic record in space
Jack White and his Third Man Records just made history by being the first to play a phonographic record in space.
The Icarus Craft — a custom-built, “space-proof” turntable attached to a high-altitude balloon — was launched outside of Marsing, Idaho on July 2 carrying a copy of Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn.” The Cosmos record played on a loop during the craft’s ascension to 94,413 feet at a speed of roughly 1,000 feet per minute.
The vinyl was recovered undamaged when the craft descended in a vineyard.
“Our main goal from inception to completion of this project was to inject imagination and inspiration into the daily discourse of music and vinyl lovers,” White said in a statement. “Combining our creative impulses with those of discovery and science is our passion, and even on the scale that we are working with here, it was exhilarating to decide to do something that hasn’t been done before and to work towards its completion.”
Watch a recap of the launch in the video above and the full two-hour video below.