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Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University
Science Hall, 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
The Farthest: Voyager In Space Pre-Screening Event
August 20, 6:00 pm — 9:30 pm
The Edelman Planetarium is proud to announce we will be hosting a free pre-screening of the new PBS movie, The Farthest: Voyager in Space on Sunday, August 20th — the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2. Featuring more than 20 of the original and current Voyager team members, The Farthest spotlights the extraordinary success story of NASA’s Voyager mission. The twin Voyager spacecraft revolutionized planetary science, resolved key questions about the outer planets, and raised intriguing new ones about the evolution of our solar system. And they each carry a now-iconic Golden Record, developed by Carl Sagan, which contains greetings from humanity, music (including Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode), images of Earth, and sounds of nature—a gift to any aliens that might one day find it.
The film celebrates the magnificent Voyager probes, the men and women who built them, and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped. From the aluminum foil that was added at the last minute to protect the craft from radiation; to the near disasters at launch; to the emergency maneuvers that fixed a crucial frozen instrument platform, The farthest reveals how difficult—and rewarding—space exploration can be.
Originally approved to travel only to Saturn and Jupiter, the spacecraft took advantage of a once-in-176-year planetary alignment and used gravity-assisted slingshot trajectories to extend the missions, with Voyager 2 also visiting Uranus and Neptune. The two spacecraft—equipped with less computing power than a modern cell phone—sent back unprecedented images and data from all four outer planets and their many spectacular moons.
Four decades later, Voyager 1 has traveled almost 13 billion miles and Voyager 2 more than 10 billion. Both nuclear-powered spacecraft continue to send back data. In 2012, Voyager 1, which is traveling at more than 320 million miles per year, became the first human-made object to break out of our solar system, ushering humanity into the interstellar age. And a billion years from now, when our sun has flamed out and burned Earth to a cinder, the Voyagers and their golden records will still be sailing on—perhaps the only remaining evidence that humanity every existed. The Farthest premieres on PBS on August 23 at 9:00 pm.
During the event we will be doing hands-on activities in the atrium. The screening starts at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
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Schedule of Events
6:00 — Hands-on Activities
7:00 — The Farthest: Voyager in Space