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The Farthest: Voyager in Space | SLJ DVD Review

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redstarThe Farthest: Voyager in Space. 100 min. PBS. 2017. $24.99. UPC 841887034111. Blu-ray $29.99. UPC 841887034661.

Gr 6 Up –In the late 1960s, NASA scientists started work on the Voyager Program to send two space probes to photograph and study the little-known outer planets. After years of development, Voyager One and Voyager Two provided an unprecedented amount of information about our four largest planets as they aligned for the perfect flybys. The once-in-a-lifetime chance to observe and study the outer reaches of the solar system prompted scientists to develop a better comprehension of our galactic neighborhood and to send a time capsule of human existence into interstellar space. The documentary interviews scientists and engineers to understand the achievements and hardships of the Voyager mission while highlighting the Voyager Golden Record. The record’s producers explain the purpose of the images and sounds encoded on the phonograph record and how it may help extraterrestrial life find Earth. The science and discoveries of the probes are the real stars here. The film is enhanced by beautiful CGI re-creations of the probes traveling through space. Middle and high school science classes will be captivated by the brilliant photos and inspired to research beyond Voyager. A bonus short, “Second Genesis,” explains the science and endeavors to seek signs of life beyond planet Earth as part of the Cassini probe mission. VERDICT The film goes above and beyond in presenting the achievements of the little space probe that could. Lengthy, but students will want to continue watching. A must-have for up-to-date space collections.–Thomas Jonte, Pensacola State College, FL 

This review was published in the School Library Journal December 2017 issue.

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