WATCH: 'The Farthest', Emer Reynolds, 2017
We say: "A spell binding account of the Voyager missions launched in 1977, which traveled to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Both vessels are still travelling: Voyager 1 is now in interstellar space while Voyager 2 is moving through the Heliosheath, the outermost reaches of the Sun's influence. For contraptions roughly the size of a bus and with technology comparable to that found in a modern day electric car key, that's not bad. They are now billions of miles away from the nearest man made object, exploring deep space on behalf of us all. The documentary tells, with great sensitivity, the human stories of those who worked on the missions with mind-bending science and compelling archival footage. It also explains how it fits into the wider narrative of space travel in the early 1980s, with the probes' arrival at Uranus and Neptune overshadowed in the world's press by the tragedy of the Challenger shuttle disaster. With otherworldly, startling footage from the on-board cameras, this documentary is haunting, moving and unmissable."