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For any of you that have been feeling cynical about the world.  You who feel like maybe we’re going backwards, here is a beacon of hope and a reminder of the wondrous things we have accomplished.  The Farthest (working title) from PBS takes a look at the incredible accomplishments of the Voyager mission after 40 YEARS in space.

You want to talk about accomplishment?  The twin Voyager space craft were only meant to travel to Saturn and Jupiter.  To date, Voyager 1 has travelled more than 12 billion miles and Voyager 2 has travelled over 10 billion.  Voyager 1 is the first human made object to leave our solar system.  And, four decades after leaving our home, they are both STILL sending back information.

You want to talk about drama?  Deadline reports that ‘With the participation of more than 20 of the original and current mission scientists, engineers and team members, the film documents one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration. That includes the aluminum foil from the local market that was added at the last minute to protect the craft from radiation to the near disasters at launch to the emergency maneuvers to fix a crucial frozen instrument platform.’

How are we not talking about the ALL OF THE TIME!?!  We are talking to objects we shot into space 40 years ago with ‘less computing power than a cell phone’?  People are amazing.  Science is amazing.  Voyager 1 and 2 exist.  So, hope lives.

 

Jenny Flack
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