Let’s look at the big picture: What if our ambition for human expansion into the solar system has been achieved? What if we explored planets without the use of robotics like the Mars rover stepping foot in our place? Swedish digital artist Erik Wernquist offers his answer to the questions we’ve long wondered watching the interplanetary adventures of characters like Mal Reynolds and Spike Spiegel in his visually striking short film Wanderers.
Featuring narration from the late Carl Sagan reading from his 1994 book Pale Blue Dot, Wanderers is a three-minute epic interpretation of humanity boldly going where no one–for now–has gone before. While there isn’t a set story, Sagan’s words does point to the central theme of our inherent desire and curiosity to discover new worlds beyond our own. What’s most impressive is that the depicted locations are digital recreations of actual places in the solar system, referenced from photos and map data Wernquist collected from NASA/JPL, the European Space Agency (ESA), as well as many other sources. With astronauts taking flight on Titan and BASE jumping off of Miranda’s gargantuan cliffs, Wanderers is a sublime look at the potentials of what could be a very fascinating future.
Those interested in detailed information on Wernquist’s visuals should definitely check out this link.