National Geographic : 2013 May
photos: national archives (above); j marshall, tribaleye images/alamy graphic: lazaro gamio. source: london school of hygiene and tropical medicine Record of Earth Since 1977’s launch of Voyager 1, a golden record with an “interstel- lar message” has been hurtling with it toward the solar system’s edge. The late astronomer Carl Sagan led a team that chose earthly images and sounds to include. A cover etched with “scientific hieroglyph- ics,” as creative director Ann Druyan puts it, indicates the craft’s point of origin and how to play the message for whoever (or whatever) finds it. —Luna Shyr NEXT Icebound some of the last casualties of World War ii didn’t die in combat. they were part of a military mission to chart antarctica. When the George I crashed while mapping thurston island on december 30, 1946, just a day before president truman proclaimed hostilities officially over, six men survived. they buried three others—maxwell lopez, Wendell hendersin, and frederick Williams—under the wreckage and wrote their names on the wing. Whether or not to recover them is at issue. the u.s . navy considers the men properly buried. polar recovery specialist lou sapienza counters that they are in a glacier, not the sea. the families, working with sapienza and members of congress to present a bill, want them home. shifting ice is adding urgency. the part of antarctica where they are entombed is about four miles closer to the water’s edge now than when the plane went down. “the glacier that they’re in is moving toward the bellingshausen sea,” sapienza says. “it will eventually calve off.” —Johnna Rizzo THE LIST GREETinGS are recorded in 54 human languages and a humpback whale’s. SounDS include rain and wind, frogs and elephants, a human heartbeat, laugh ter, morse code, and a rocket launch. MuSiC ranges from bach and beethoven to peruvian panpipes and navajo chants. iMAGES show planets, a sunset, leaves, human anatomy, a crocodile, the great Wall, and sydney’s opera house. the 1946 crash of George I in antarctica left six survivors (top). they wrote the names of the three killed on the wing. sample the disc on our digital editions. 633 B the world’s total adult population weighs in at 633 billion pounds. that’s the equivalent of nearly 3,300 Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.