Rock duo The White Stripes' frontman Jack White has become the first music artist to play a recording of American astronomer Carl Sagan in the space.
To mark his music label Third Man Records' seventh anniversary, the 41-year-old rocker launched a "space-proof" turntable which was attached to a high-altitude balloon and Sagan's "A Glorious Dawn" music disc, reported Contactmusic.
"Our main goal from inception to completion of this project was to inject imagination and inspiration into the daily discourse of music and vinyl lovers. It brings us great fulfillment to pay tribute to the incredible scientist and dreamer that Carl Sagan was. We hope that in meeting our goal we inspire others to dream big and start their own missions, whatever they may be," White said.
The disc reached at a height of 94,413 feet before the balloon burst and it plummeted back to earth.
The label said that the record played for the entire hour and twenty minutes of ascension, before going into the turbulence mode where it continued to spin, but stopped producing sound.
The "High Ball Stepper" hitmaker said, "Combining our creative impulses with those of discovery and science is our passion, and even on the scale that we are working with here, it was exhilarating to decide to do something that hasn't been done before and to work towards its completion."