The Voyagers: 35 years exploring the outer reaches of the Solar System
It’s the 35th anniversary of NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Mission, and The Planetary Society celebrated in the Crawford Family Forum! The most distant of humanity's ambassadors to the universe are still returning data--one of them from the edge of our solar system, more than 18 billion kilometers (11 billion miles) from Earth. We'll review the amazing accomplishments of these spacecraft that visited all of the outer planets, from Jupiter to Neptune. Each carries a Golden Record containing sounds and images of life on our world collected by a committee under the guidance of the late Carl Sagan. And someday, in the far, far distant future, these voices of Earth may be enjoyed by an extraterrestrial civilization.
Mat Kaplan, media producer and Planetary Radio host for The Planetary Society
Edward Stone, project scientist since 1972 for the Voyager Interstellar Mission; David Morrisroe professor of physics and vice provost for Special Projects at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech); former director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1991–2001).
Emily Lakdawalla, senior editor for The Planetary Society and Planetary Evangelist
Special added attractions:
A reading by Robert Picardo, the holographic doctor in “Star Trek: First Contact,” of Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot," featuring the iconic picture of Earth from Voyager 2.
A message filmed for this program from Ann Druyan, wife of the late Carl Sagan, co-writer of the Cosmos series and one of the producers of the Golden Record contained on both Voyager spacecraft.