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Q&A with editor Tony Cranstoun and planetary astronomer Heidi Hammel, Executive Vice President of AURA, Inc and VP of the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society, and post-screening reception sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland

Emmy-nominated, multi-award winning Irish documentarian Emer Reynolds (HERE WAS CUBA) tackles the captivating tales of the people and events behind one of humanity's greatest achievements in exploration: NASA's Voyager mission, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in August, 2017. The twin spacecraft — each with less computing power than a cellphone — used slingshot trajectories to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They sent back unprecedented images and data that revolutionized our understanding of the 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 the solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age in 2012, is the farthest-flung object humans have ever created. (Note adapted from Abramorama.) DIR/SCR Emer Reynolds; PROD John Murray, Clare Stronge. Ireland, 2017, color, 121 min. RATED PG

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