Today’s fantasy, tomorrow’s possibility

If you haven’t watch it yet this video, Wanderers,  is a must. And it is well worth watching full screen. It’s a science-inspired short film imagining human exploration of our solar system.

The voice-over is very recognisable – Carl Sagan reading from Pale Blue Dot.

This is what Phil Plait said about the film:

“This is one of the most wondrous and moving paeans to space exploration I have ever seen. The words of Sagan are magnificent, of course. And the effects are stunning, photo-realistic, and very compelling.

But take a moment and let this sink in: Nearly every location depicted in this video is real. These aren’t just fanciful places made up in the head of a special-effects artist; those are worlds in our solar system that actually exist. And many were based on images taken through telescopes, or probes that have physically visited these distant locales.

Sunset on Mars. The weird ridge wrapped around Saturn’s moon Iapetus. The ice fields of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Even those cliff divers? Yup: That’s Uranus’ moon Miranda, with the highest cliffs known in the solar system.

Every time the scene changed in the video, my jaw dropped a little further and my brain soared to a new height. Nothing in there is impossible; no faster than light travel, no wormholes. Even the space elevator shown towering over Mars and the huge cylindrical rotating colony in space (did you notice the Red Sea in it?) are problems in engineering, not physics. We can build them.”

All this is fantasy today but realistically possible in the not too distant future.

Thanks to: This Is A Majestic Vision Of Humans Embracing Our Exotic Solar System.

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One response to “Today’s fantasy, tomorrow’s possibility

  1. An excellent video. It’s also well worth looking through the gallery for high-resolution images and commentary.

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