Earth Star Voyager is a science fiction television movie about a space mission to find another planet suitable for colonization. It was shown on the Wonderful World of Disney in 1988. The show aired as a two-part pilot, but was never picked up for a series and has not been released on DVD, although a fan base for the pilot has grown over the years. The cast includes: Duncan Regehr (Jacob Jake Brown), Julia Montgomery (Sally Arthur - MD), Brian McNamara (Jonathan Hays), Jason Michas (Jessie Beanie Bienstock), Peter Donat (Admiral Beasley).
It is now six years later, in the year 2088. Command cadet Jonathan Hays, twenty-one, and his best friend Jessie Beanie Bienstock, a 14-year-old computer specialist, are among the young military cadets chosen to serve as the crew of Earth Star Voyager, the planets newest interstellar vessel. Due to worsening ecological conditions on Earth, there is a plan in place to evacuate the planet and colonize another world.
Probes have been sent out six years ago via the Vanguard Explorer, and one has sent data back on Berensons Star; she has a life-zone planet which has been named Demeter. The mission of Earth Star Voyager is to go to Demeter, perform a full planetary survey and return that information because if conditions on Demeter prove accurate (the probes data indicates that human life could survive on Demeter), then the human race will colonize the world. The plan to colonize Demeter has already begun; ships are already being built to transport the population but will take forty years to complete construction of all the necessary vessels, and the trip to Demeter, with plasma-thrust engines and the Bauman Drive (named for Professor Bauman, the creator) will take 26 years. That was the rationale of choosing the crew from the Academy—for their youth and intelligence. Jonathan, as second-in-command, will assume command if Forbes is shown to be unable to continue his duties due to age. It is also mentioned that a modified form of cryogenic suspension will be used by the crew during the voyage in order to slow the ageing process. (Beanie mentions that he'll be forty years old upon their return to Earth, and Captain Forbes also mentions that although the process will slow their ageing, they will still age.)
At any rate, I'd never heard of this SF film, and thought I'd share it here. Both parts are present on Youtube, so if that appeals to you as well, check it out.