So proud to have collaborated with the brilliant Carolyn Porco on "Second Genesis" for PBS about the search for life in the outer solar system. Tonight at 9pm EST.
This past Sunday marked 40 years since the launch of the most significant, most far-reaching adventure of them all ... the Voyager mission to the outer solar system and beyond. Singular in its ambitions, preeminent among human endeavors in its mythic proportions, and moving in its Golden Record of human greetings, songs and images of Earth, Voyager is regarded as the greatest mission NASA ever conducted. I regard it as the Apollo 11 of the planetary exploration program.
Tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 23, a paean to Voyager -- a documentary called The Farthest -- will air on PBS. Those of you who are old enough will have the opportunity to remember how remarkable Voyager's odyssey across and beyond the solar system really was and still is; those who are not will have the chance to learn that there was a time in the early space program when we were standing on the shoulders of very little and accomplished great feats nonetheless.
Be sure to watch this lovely commemoration of those halcyon days.
And immediately following The Farthest will be a short documentary called 'Second Genesis', in which yours truly seeks to understand how to search for life in the solar system. It will be my TV debut as subject & guide. You can bet that Enceladus features prominently, too!
Do let me know what you think!