By Robyn Collins
Jack White wants to play the first phonograph record in outer space to celebrate the seventh anniversary of his label, Third Man Records and the three millionth album pressed by the company.
Third Man teamed up with scientists to create the Icarus Craft, a custom-built “space proof” turntable theoretically able to spin vinyl from a spaceship. The device will be tested on a high altitude balloon and members of SATINS (Students and Teachers in Near Space) will participate with Third Man and Carrico in the launch on July 30.
The record that will be spinning is a gold-plated 12” master of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos speech “A Glorious Dawn,” which the label originally reissued in 2009.
Third Man Records plans to host “launch parties” at its Detroit and Nashville locations, featuring live bands and DJs, commemorative merchandise, and limited edition 12” gold vinyl copies of “A Glorious Dream.”
Third Man also shared a 3D rendering of the Icarus Craft on social media, and explained how the device is able to hold and spin a record in low gravity.