The Farthest

The Farthest

Voyager in Space

DVD - 2017
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Publisher: [Arlington] : PBS Distribution, 2017.
ISBN: 9781531702427
Branch Call Number: TV DVD 919.9204 Far
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Apr 14, 2018

Excellent program about the space mission Voyager, which claims the farthest distance travelled by any made-man object which has travelled far out of our solar system. Amazing images and photography of the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune over the many years travelled in space are but one highlight. The subsequent discoveries of these planets' moons and their astronomical oddities such as Callisto's craters, Europa's canals, and Io & Mephisto's volcanoes. All this along with insightful commentary by the scientists who built Voyager I & II and worked on these missions filmed brilliantly with attention to unique details and lots of color! Carl Sagan's son who made one of the greetings on the "Golden Record" that accompanied Voyager to greet sentient species it might encounter, contributes interesting memories. Overall, a fascinating portrait of Man's quest to discover the mysteries of outer space.

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ms_mustard
Feb 20, 2018

this doc brings new focus to the 40 year old Voyager mission - extremely interesting to hear the comments of all the people responsible of getting this off the ground - literally!
good bonus doc on possible future space missions.

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Nursebob
Feb 09, 2018

In Emer Reynold’s enthusiastic documentary a personable cadre of talking heads including people who actually worked on the project, contemporary scientists, and even Nick Sagan, son of the late Carl Sagan, (whose seven-year old voice can be heard on the gold record in Voyager's payload) wax scientific and philosophical as they discuss the mission and what it means for the people of Earth. CGI effects combine with video footage to give a truly awe-inspiring look at a chapter in scientific history that often flew beneath the public radar but which never ceased to produce a childlike exuberance in the men and women who were part of it, an exuberance which Reynolds conveys with skill and compassion. Using technology that is primitive by today’s standards (Voyager’s “brain” is comparable in complexity to a modern key fob) these men and women proved what human beings can do with a will and a vision and in doing so they gave us what is perhaps one of the most striking images thus far, a snapshot of our solar system taken from several billion miles out wherein planet Earth is reduced to a tiny blue speck almost lost in a shaft of sunlight. Viva science!

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ilovewhippets
Dec 07, 2017

Some interesting visuals! Much info, history on the various planets and space travel!
Feels dated and dry, though!
Not one of my favorites on the subject!

Excellent and fascinating documentary. I thought I knew a lot about the Voyager missions, but I learned a lot more here. Enjoy. The bonus mini-doc is also excellent.

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