The Farthest

Synopsis: 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. 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 m
Director(s): Emer Reynolds
Production: Abramorama
  8 wins & 6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.1
Metacritic:
87
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
PG
Year:
2017
121 min
$13,557
Website
179 Views


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[wind blowing, static radio and chimes]

[wind blowing, electronic sounds,

faint radio chatter]

[wind blowing, electronic sounds]

[radio static, faint radio chatter]

[wind blowing, wolf howling]

[faint Morse code style beeping]

LARRY SODERBLOM:

It is really true

that you can only explore

the solar system

for the first time once.

Ah... Voyager did that.

[whale sounds]

TOM KRIMIGIS:

How could one be so lucky?

It's a dream and it came true.

[Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F

(Golden Record)]

BRAD SMITH:

Fifty years from now,

Voyager will be the science project

of the 20th century.

The mission.

The big mission.

[Melancholy Blues (Louis Armstrong)]

CANDY HANSEN-KOHARCHECK:

It opened our eyes to worlds,

to real worlds.

[aircraft/rocket noises]

[faint plucked guitar string]

FRANK DRAKE:

This may in the long run be

the only evidence that we ever existed.

[faint plucked guitar string]

CAROLYN PORCO:

Voyager to me was Homeric,

it was years of passing

across the solar system

from one planet to the other

and then it was a week or two

of frenzied activity

and discovery and conquest

and then it was, well,

back in the boats,

oars in the water and

then on to the next conquest.

[faint white noise]

["Wishing on a Star," Rose Royce]

I'm wishing on a star

to follow where you are

I'm wishing on a dream

SUZANNE DODD:

It is the little engine that could.

Nobody really knows how it does it,

but everybody's rooting for it.

...and I wish on all

the rainbows that I've seen

TOM SPILKER:

Every second, it goes to another place

where we have never been before.

...who really dream,

and I'm wishing on tomorrow

DAVE LINICK:

Voyager takes the cake.

It's the most audacious mission.

Who'd have thought

that we'd actually be able

to do that in 1977?

I'm wishing on a star...

[music finishes with final line]

[soft piano]

NARRATOR:
In 1977, a team

of scientists and engineers

launched a mission

of staggering ambition.

Voyager.

The initial idea was a grand

tour of the outermost planets...

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

What were their atmospheres like?

Their moons?

At the time, our knowledge

of these worlds was scant.

[mechanical noises

and piano music plays]

ED STONE:
We knew a little

because you can observe

from the Earth with telescopes.

DON GURNETT:

We knew for example at Jupiter

that there were moons...

Io, Europa, Ganymede

and Callisto going around.

[soft piano continues]

STONE:
We knew that

there were winds on Jupiter,

we knew about the great

red spot on Jupiter,

we knew that there was

trapped radiation,

so we knew there was a magnetic field.

[soft piano]

CHARLEY KOHLHASE:

It was big.

No, let's see, what did we know?

We knew they were all gas giants,

mostly made up of hydrogen and helium

and some methane on the outer planets.

[soft piano continues]

TOM KRIMIGIS:

For Saturn, we knew about the rings

and we knew about the major satellites,

but hardly anything more than that,

and it was all very fuzzy.

[soft piano continues

and rattling noise comes in]

HEIDI HAMMEL:

I had been staring at these planets

through some of the best

telescopes on Earth,

and yet all I could see was fuzzy blobs.

[soft piano continues, chain

rattling, squeaking, clanking]

FRAN BAGENAL:

Astronomers had worked pretty hard

to know what the physical make-up was,

there were some basic characteristics,

but their real nature,

what they were really made of

and what the means, moons, were like,

we had none of that,

just little glimpses.

[soft piano continues, now

accompanied by light guitar]

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