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Voyager In Space

Wednesday 10 October at 7.30pm Channel 072

Is it humankind's greatest achievement? 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar
System and entering the void of deep space. It is the first human-made object ever to do so. Slowly
dying within its heart is a plutonium generator that will beat for perhaps another decade before the
lights on Voyager finally go out. But this little craft will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden
Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. In all likelihood Voyager will outlive humanity
and all our creations. It could be the only thing to mark our existence. Perhaps some day an alien will
find it and wonder.


Launched in 1977, the twin Voyager spacecraft revolutionised planetary science, resolved key
questions about the outer planets and raised intriguing new ones about the evolution of our solar
system. Originally approved to travel only to Saturn and Jupiter, the spacecraft took advantage of a
once-in-176-year planetary alignment, and used gravity-assist slingshot trajectories to extend their
missions, with Voyager 2 also visiting Uranus and Neptune.


The story of Voyager is an epic of human achievement, personal drama and almost miraculous
success. Launched 16 days apart in Autumn 1977, the twin Voyager space probes have defied all the
odds, survived countless near misses and almost 40 years later continue to beam revolutionary
information across unimaginable distances. With less computing power than a modern hearing aid,
they have unlocked the stunning secrets of our Solar System on a journey as revolutionary as the first
circumnavigation of the globe and mankind's first footprint on the moon.


With the participation of 25 of the original and current mission scientists, engineers and team
members, the film tells the captivating tales of one of humanity’s greatest achievements in
exploration. From the aluminum foil from the local market that was added at the last minute to protect
the spacecraft from radiation; to one of Voyager’s most iconic elements: The Golden Record, which
carries greetings, music and images from Earth to any alien beings they might one day encounter.
THE FARTHEST reveals how this famous record was created, and how it presents humanity to any
creatures who may find it.


In this powerful, poetic and cinematic feature documentary, THE FARTHEST celebrates these
magnificent machines, the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther
than anyone could ever have hoped. Launched from a fractious planet, these pioneers sail on
serenely in the darkness - an enduring testament to the ingenuity of mankind and the untapped limits
of the human imagination.


Passionate organic storytelling with people, images, archive and opinion woven with daring and brio
makes THE FARTHEST a genuinely cinema-scale adventure.

 

This documentary will also be available via SKY On Demand from 11 October for SKY Entertainment package subscribers.