Jack White is set to follow through on his intentions to make sure vinyl goes where no vinyl has gone before. On July 30, according to White's record label Third Man Records, the musician will play the first vinyl record in space.
The event is happening to commemorate the seventh anniversary of Third Man Records and will be made possible by the use of a "custom-built space proof turntable attached to a high-altitude balloon" called the Icarus Craft. The device was designed by Kevin Carrico who has worked on many of the machines used by Third Man Records.
A gold-plated master 12" of Carl Sagan's "A Glorious Dawn" – the label's three millionth pressing – is the record selected for the cosmic needle drop. The label released the record, which features snippets of the noted astronomer's speech, in 2009 on 7" vinyl.
Third Man Records will be hosting launch parties for the event at their two locations in Nashville and Detroit where patrons can view the mission and the launch will also be available to be streamed online.