Jack White Partners with Ex-NASA Member to Play First Record in Space
Leave it to Jack White to commemorate a milestone in grand style. This Saturday (July 30), to celebrate the 7th anniversary of White’s Third Man Records, the Nashville-based label will write a new chapter in vinyl history by attempting to play the first phonographic record in space. Tasked with accomplishing this mission is a custom-built “space proof” turntable attached to a high-altitude balloon. The vessel – aptly named The Icarus Craft – was designed by former NASA member Kevin Carrico with assistance from SATINS, an educational nonprofit program supporting students and teachers in launching scientific experiments into near space. The vinyl chosen to receive this honor? A gold-plated 12” master of late astronomer Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn,” which Third Man previously reissued as a 7” single back in 2009.To mark the occasion, Third Man will host launch parties at both its Nashville and Detroit locations. Festivities will include live music and DJs, with commemorative merchandise and 12” gold vinyl copies of “A Glorious Dawn” available for purchase. In addition, Carrico will be on-hand at the Detroit location to answer questions, with the Icarius Craft on display. (Note: The actual launch will apparently take place prior to the festivities, with a live stream planned. More details are promised at the Third Man website.) The Nashville launch party will feature a display of the gold-plated 12” “A Glorious Dawn” master. The vinyl release happens to be the 3 millionth record pressed by the label.