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The ISU Planetarium and PBS Present a Special Advance Screening of The Farthest: Voyager in Space
The Illinois State University Planetarium and PBS are pleased to offer a special advance screening of the documentary film The Farthest: Voyager in Space. This special screening will be presented at the Planetarium on August 15 from 7 PM until 9 PM. PBS will then air the program nationwide on August 23.
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 celebrates its 40th anniversary this 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..
This special advance screening of The Farthest: Voyager in Space is free and open to the public. Doors open 20 minutes before show time. Seating is limited.
The ISU Planetarium is located in the Felmley Hall of Science Annex, at the intersection of College Avenue and School Street, in Normal. Free parking is available a short distance from the ISU Planetarium in University parking lot F-67, on the east side of School Street.
For more information, please call the ISU Planetarium’s Skyline at (309) 438-5007 or visit our web site by Googling the Illinois State University Planetarium.