The Voyager Interstellar Mission and Message


TO BE BROADCAST JANUARY 16, 2003 at 9:00 pm

Presented by Cosmos Studios

A Production of Cosmos Studios and Norman Star Media

Written, Produced and Directed By Phylis Geller

Executive Producers: Ann Druyan and Kent Gibson

Broadcast Premiere:

A&E Network

Thursday, January 16, 2003 9:00 PM

Encore Saturday January 25, 2003 1:00 pm

COSMIC JOURNEY: The Voyager Interstellar Mission and Message, is the tale of the longest journey in human history. In 1977, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft were launched by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Voyagers have been on two parallel journeys: one to discover the scientific wonders of the cosmos, and the other to communicate something about us, the creatures who built these craft. Affixed to each Voyager spacecraft is a golden phonograph record, a message from Earth to possible space-faring extraterrestrial civilizations.

In our tale of exploration, the scientists and engineers behind the mission will tell us personal stories about their experience. We will recall the stunning images that Voyager sent back for the first time from Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and all their astonishing moons.

We will also meet the people who produced the Voyager Record on a breakneck deadline. They will tell us about the overwhelming task of choosing music, pictures, and sounds that would represent life on Earth for billions of years. COSMIC JOURNEY: The Voyager Interstellar Mission and Message will interweave the story of the Voyager Record with the saga of the scientific challenges.

The Voyagers are now heading out of our solar system. They will travel forever through interstellar space. They still have more to teach us. And they still carry the golden record, along with our hopes that one day another spacefaring civilization may find our message and embrace us as citizens of the stars.