Musician Jack White is gearing up to be the first person to play a vinyl record in space.
On July 30, the musician’s label Third Man Records will attempt to play a gold-plated 12” record of Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn” in space. The record will be played using the Icarus Craft, a custom-made turntable built by Kevin Carrico, the man behind the restoration of many of Third Man’s machine.
The label said in its statement that it “is over-the-moon with excitement to pursue and share with you the Icarus Craft’s mission to spin a record further from Earth than a record has ever been spun,” adding that Carrico “has NASA in his blood.”
Third Man Records picked “A Glorious Dawn” since it’s the 3 millionth record pressed by the label. The label describes it as “a moving arrangement of Sagan’s sagacious words culled from his magnificent Cosmos series.”
The label is supported in this mission by Students and Teachers in Near Space, a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports interest in activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics within the classroom.
Third Man Records will be celebrating this mission by hosting parties at its Cass Corridor, Detroit, and Nashville locations where fans can witness the mission, listen to live music and purchase limited edition gold vinyl copies of “A Glorious Dawn.” The launch will also be streamed online.
This isn’t the first time White has attempted to set a world record. In 2014, he reportedly recorded the fastest-released album, which also broke the record for most first-week vinyl sales since 1991. In July 2007, White’s The White Stripes played the shortest gig ever when they played just one note at their gig in Canada.