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When We Sent Rock Stars to Space

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Chuck Berry’s longest tour hasn’t ended—which is surprising, since the legendary rocker died in March. Actually it’s Berry’s signature song, “Johnny B. Goode,” that’s on tour, traveling through the Milky Way at 30,000 miles an hour for at least another few billion years. Berry’s 1958 classic is among the 27 musical selections mounted on Voyager 1, the NASA spacecraft launched 40 years ago Sept. 5. The songs were etched onto the “Golden Record,” a gold-plated copper disk, encased in electroplated metal with a half-life of...

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