Carleton to host screening of documentary film, “The Farthest: Voyager in Space”

November 4, 2017

Carleton College invites the public to a special screening of the 2017 documentary film, “The Farthest: Voyager in Space,” on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Following the two-hour screening, select faculty from the Carleton astronomy, biology and music departments will host a panel discussion at the conclusion of the film. This event is free and open to the public.

“The Farthest: Voyager in Space” tells the captivating tales of the people and events behind one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration: NASA’s Voyager mission, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this past August. The twin spacecraft—each with less computing power than a cell phone—used slingshot trajectories to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They sent back unprecedented images and data that revolutionized our understanding of the spectacular outer planets and their many peculiar moons.

Still going strong four decades after launch, each spacecraft carries an iconic golden record with greetings, music and images from Earth—a gift for any aliens that might one day find it. Voyager 1, which left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age in 2012, is the farthest-flung object humans have ever created. 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 ever existed.

“The Farthest” features more than 20 original and current Voyager team members, providing never-before-seen insights into one of the greatest feats of space exploration our species has ever undertaken. A trailer for this ground breaking PBS production can be found online at www.pbs.org/the-farthest/.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of History. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 E. Third Street in Northfield. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4217.