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The Farthest: Voyager in Space

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fascinating docu on the history and discoveries of Voyager.

Movie NR 2017 96 minutes
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This is an incredible documentary of humankind's first attempts to explore the outer solar system and beyond. Told from the perspectives of the scientists who developed and oversaw the program, The Farthest: Voyager in Space includes the incredible photographs the Voyagers sent back to Earth and the profound discoveries the scientists made. The wonder these scientists express has clearly not abated 40 years later.

The late Carl Sagan is given deep tribute, both for his development of the "Voyager gold record" of human sounds and for the music placed inside both Voyagers; he's also lauded for having the philosophical vision to have Voyager 1 turn around before being out of range of Earth to take a "goodbye" picture. Sagan used this image and pointed out the tiny pixel that he informed everyone was Earth, a "pale blue dot," where "everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives." It's the perfect metaphor for what so many of the scientists seem to be aware of: that their efforts were tremendous for humanity, but merely the earliest of earliest beginnings in the grand scheme of things.

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