Preview Screening: The Farthest - Voyager in Space
The Gaithersburg Community Museum presents a free screening of "The Farthest: Voyager in Space" on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 3 p.m. at the Arts Barn. The Farthest: Voyager in Space, from HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, is a beautiful new PBS documentary highlighting the story of the Voyager missions. It was created in honor of Voyager's 40th anniversary. The craft launched into space on August 20, 1977.
Free tickets will be distributed in person at the Arts Barn on a first come, first served basis starting at 2 p.m.
THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE tells captivating tales of one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration. From supermarket aluminum foil 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, viewers get a sense of how difficult—and rewarding—space exploration can be.
Featuring a soundtrack of evocative period music including songs from Pink Floyd, stunning cinematography, vivid CGI animations of Voyager traversing the solar system, and original groundbreaking photographs taken by the twin spacecraft, the film tells the story of one of humanity’s most ambitious scientific endeavors. Voyager revolutionized planetary science, resolved key questions about the outer planets and raised intriguing new ones about the evolution of our solar system. riginally approved to travel only to Saturn and Jupiter, the spacecraft used gravity-assisted slingshot trajectories to take advantage of a once-in-176-year planetary alignment to extend their missions, with Voyager 2 also extending its mission to visit Uranus and Neptune. After completing its mission to Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager 1 turned its camera inward and, at the insistence of the eloquent and insightful astronomer Carl Sagan, took one of the most famous images of Earth ever captured. As described by Sagan in the film, the image showed Earth as a pale blue dot on which “everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives ...on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”