Special Screening of “The Farthest” Featuring Voyager Mission MembersJul 12, 2017 05:00 PM Astronaut Encounter
Are we alone?
Discover the story of Earth’s outreach to the universe. The Voyager message of humanity is carried by a phonograph record, The Golden Record. Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 now has ventured into interstellar space. The film The Farthest (2017) accounts Voyager’s mission and the quest to communicate the story of humanity beyond our solar system.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex hosts a screening of the film, included with admission. Following the screening, members of the Voyager missions will conduct a question and answer panel for guests. Screening begins at 5:00 pm in the Astronaut Encounter theater, followed by the panel at 6:30 pm. Seating is limited.
VOYAGER MISSION PANELISTS
Stamatios "Tom" Krimigis
Stamatios "Tom" Krimigis is a Greek-American scientist and recognized as an innovative leader in space program development. He has led or participated in space physics experiments deployed to all eight major planets, as well as Pluto, the only scientist in the world to do so. He has also made valuable discoveries in the physics of the solar wind and the magnetospheres of the solar system. In 1999, the International Astronomical Union named the asteroid 8323 Krimigis (previously 1979 UH) in his honor.
Professor Krimigis is currently Head Emeritus of the Space Department Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, and holds the Chair of Science of Space at the Academy of Athens, Greece. On the Voyager mission Professor Krimigis designed, and is the current Principal Investigator of, the Low Energy Charged Particle instrument still operating aboard both Voyager spacecraft. In 2015, Professor Krimigis was awarded the National Air and Space Museum Lifetime Achievement trophy for his contribution to space science and in 2016 the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.
Frank Locatell was a senior engineer at JPL from 1967-1991. From 1972-1977, Mr. Locatell was responsible for design and development of the Voyager Propulsion Module configuration and structure, the spacecraft to launch vehicle adapter, and the spacecraft separation system. As Project Engineer, Mechanical Systems, for the year before launch, he was responsible for the flight readiness of all Voyager mechanical hardware. He received NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal for his contributions to the Voyager spacecraft. He went on to be a consultant in spacecraft configuration, structure, and mechanical systems for numerous JPL projects. He is also an accomplished sculptor specializing in granite monoliths.
ABOUT THE FARTHEST
The Voyager mission is one of humankind's greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space - the first human-made object ever to do so. The story of Voyager is an epic of human achievement, personal drama and almost miraculous success.