Just when we thought Jack White, the rock n’ roll icon and front man of The White Stripes and The Dead Weather couldn’t get any cooler, he launches a vinyl record into space to commemorate the 7th anniversary of his indie label Third Man Records. If you’re going to go big, why not be the first to play a vinyl record in space. White and his team custom built a turntable spaceship that was lifted into the stratosphere by a weather balloon.
According to Third Man Records, the Icarus Craft as it was aptly named reached an altitude of almost 95,000 feet before the ballon burst and Carl Sagan’s “Glorious Dawn” began spinning on the turntable.
“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,” White said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “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.”