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    [Carl Sagan, association]. Jon Lomberg. Archive of materials and memorabilia from the Voyager Missions and Encounters collected and assembled by Jon Lomberg. [Various places: Much of the material issued by NASA, 1977-1989]. Archive of miscellaneous materials from the collection of Jon Lomberg, who was Design Director for NASA's Voyager Golden Record Project.

    Items included are six binders with approximately 400 8 x 10 inch Voyager mission press photographs (before the digital era, NASA only released images in the form of photographic prints (darkroom developed, not printed). Most prints have a typed caption by NASA taped to the back. They were given out by hand only to accredited Voyager Press. The images include many photos that have become iconic, but many others were never released to the general public and do not appear in any NASA archive. Jon Lomberg was an accredited reporter for the CBC and attended every Voyager encounter and has a complete set of these photographs. Several hundred photographs in several binders of four planets and 30 moons. A unique historical record of the Voyager Mission available nowhere else; a COSMOS 1981 calendar signed by Carl Sagan and Jon Lomberg; a factory sealed VISIONS OF MARS CD-ROM, Sagan and Lomberg's next interplanetary message disk (now on Mars!) unreleased and VERY RARE; Original Jon Lomberg Press Badges and JPL staff lab badges; Original buttons and cloth patch from Voyager Encounters, Invitation from NASA Administrator to attend Voyage Encounter. Assorted Press materials: info packets from JPL, prints of Voyager images and spacecraft, etc.; Original Jon Lomberg notebooks from Voyager Encounters with handwritten notes, drawings, doodles, and a painted color palette for the Jovian moons (done by Don Davis); tape logs of interviews and press briefings, and a collection of original black and white film camera snapshots taken at JPL showing Lomberg, the Voyager press room, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, computer graphics legend Jim Blinn, and author Mark Washburn. Also included is a bound and signed unpublished manuscript Speaking for Earth by Jon Lomberg, describing his work with Carl Sagan on the Voyager Record and other projects.

    Jon Lomberg attended all the Voyager encounters at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1979 (while working on COSMOS in Hollywood) and as radio reporter for the IDEAS program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and as a print reporter for the Toronto Globe and Mail.

    Voyager II launched on August 20, 1977 from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard a Titan-Centaur rocket; and Voyager I launched on September 5, 1977 also from Cape Canaveral, Florida and also aboard a Titan-Centaur rocket. Voyager I is now the only man-made object to have travelled outside of our Heliosphere, or Solar System.

    The Record remains Humanity's most complex message sent into space. The lifetime of the Record is estimated to be at least 1000 million years. The images on the Record will exist long after the continents have changed and mankind is long extinct. The engraving on the cover, drawn by JL, may be the longest lived human artifact of all time.

    The Golden Record has passed into popular culture and has been the subject of many articles, films and media broadcast all around the world, from Saturday Night Live to Star Trek: the Motion Picture, from My Weekly Reader, to the Encyclopedia Britannica, from astronomy textbooks to the X-Files. A Google search on Voyager Record yields almost 700,000 results, which gives some idea of how pervasively this project has become a iconic artifact of our age.


    More Information: This is a large archive of material created and maintained by long-time Carl Sagan collaborator Jon Lomberg. Mr. Lomberg was instrumental in the design and implementation of the iconic Golden Record, carried in a round box along with a stylus to play it on the side of each Voyager spacecraft. Lomberg's drawing engraved on the outside of that box has an estimated lifetime of one billion years, perhaps the most nearly immortal of all human drawing. The message inside  is carried by a phonograph record -- a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth using images and a variety of natural sounds. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages. As the Record's Designer, Jon Lomberg had the chief responsibility of selecting and organizing a sequence of 120 photos and drawings meant to describe our planet to intelligent ETs. He also played a role in the election of music. All of this is documented in the materials of this archive.
     
    Jon Lomberg and Carl Sagan began their collaborative relationship in 1972. For Sagan, Lomberg produced design work on several books, including The Cosmic Connection (1972), Broca's Brain (1979), Cosmos (1980), Contact(1985), Comet (1986) as well as the 1980 Cosmos PBS series  and the animation for the film CONTACT . He also contributed to the Voyager Golden Record and designed the logo for the Planetary Society. His many awards include Graphic Design Magazine DESI Award for "Nuclear Winter" artwork for Parade Magazine (1983), the American Association for the Advancement of Science Best Children's Science book (1996), and, the asteroid 6446 1990QL was officially renamed to "Asteroid Lomberg" by the International Astronomical Union in 1998. He was Design Director for NASA's legendary Voyager Golden Record, and has sent artwork to Mars aboard NASA's Phoenix, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity spacecraft. Lomberg has more art off Earth and out in the Universe than any other artist living or dead. Lomberg work is now on the official tour of the Library of Congress, along with Jefferson and Galileo! [work from CONTACT, COMET,and other projects will be offered in forthcoming Heritage Auctions]


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