Ever wondered how a probe called Voyager managed to make it 12 billion miles away from this pale blue dot? Well two days after enjoying the total solar eclipse, you can find out all about the farthest human-made object from Earth on PBS.
On August 23rd, PBS is airing a documentary titled, The Farthest, about the creation and discoveries of the Voyager probe. It will be a two hour documentary which was created in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Voyager space probe. One of the coolest parts of this probe to me is the Golden Record. I always wonder how it’s possible to consolidate all of humanity and earth onto a single record for anyone out in space who may find it. The list of music included in the record surprised me because I didn’t consider all the different instruments and cultures that needed to be included in the list. One of the oddest things I found included in the scenes was a demonstration of licking, eating, and drinking.
It is hard for me to imagine how life could develop so differently somewhere else in the universe. These things that seem so universal like eating, the sound of footsteps, or even the sound of thunder are not necessarily such a normal thing for an alien species. So in August, after you finish marveling at the total Solar Eclipse, spend some time pondering our place in the universe while learning about a historic quest into interstellar space.