Coming to theatres today, Friday, August 11:
Tribeca, Edinburgh, Seattle, AFI Docs, Sydney, New Zealand, Telluride Mountainfilm
A comprehensive history of the Voyager mission, from inception to execution to the present day.
Reynolds assembles an impressive collection of archival material, new animation, and interviews with scores of NASA scientists, engineers, and analysts to recount the story of the monumental Voyager project. Relating its history while contextualizing the mission with changes to presidential administrations and the impact of the Challenger disaster on the US space programs, the film offers a privileged look at the planning, preparation, launch, troubleshooting, and media attention afforded the probe and its pioneering images of the solar system. Reynolds also devotes significant attention to the fascinating Golden Record carried within both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 – an eclectic recording of sounds and images meant to provide a sense of mankind’s existence to whatever extraterrestrial intelligence might happen upon the vehicles, and which became the first manmade object to leave the solar system and travel into interstellar space in 2012. While providing an engaging look at a major achievement of NASA’s past, Reynolds’ film also might just re-awaken viewers’ curiosity about the future of space exploration.