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Must Watch: Breathtaking Future of Space Travel 'Wanderers' Short

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November 30, 2014
Source: Vimeo

Wanderers Short Film

"Maybe it's a little early… Maybe the time is not quite yet… But those other worlds – promising untold opportunities – beckon." Whoa. Thanks to all the new sci-fi out there, from Interstellar to Star Wars, there's a renewed feeling of excitement about space exploration. Celebrating our potential for exploration in the future, this short film called Wanderers from Erik Wernquist is a spectacular, breathtaking look at where we might be in regards to visiting other places in our own solar system. All the imagery used in this is real - that's what makes it amazing. These are real locations in our solar system, and this is what we hope it's like in the future, because I already want to visit everywhere we see in this. Those cliffs divers! So cool!

So many beautiful places are shown in this. Slate mentions a few of them: "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’s moon Miranda, with the highest cliffs known in the solar system." Turn up the volume!

Wanderers

Full description from Vimeo: "Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea with the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there." Wanderers was made by Erik Wernquist (website), featuring music by Cristian Sandquist. The voice and words are from Carl Sagan.

Erik provides a shot-by-shot breakdown of each location in this imgur. What was your favorite scene?

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  • Nash
    That was ... a-ma-zing. Total frikkin' goosebumps!
    • Armitall
      Listening to Carl Sagan's voice over some great space imagery does that!
  • Nice, like moving concept art, quite enjoyed it.
  • DAVIDPD
    Great short. Love the minimal space stuff. Very cool.
  • Absolutely beautiful
  • Tester
    Fantastic, well done !!
  • Trey Wilson
    Now that Is how you do it. Wow.
  • Armitall
    Saw this yesterday. Amazing! I loved the carved out asteroid looks straight from Robinson' 2312. Well everyting was great!
  • naundob
    Watch this Mr. Nolan and make your homework again! (Actually, this is the kind of awe-inspiring imagery I expected from Interstellar and never got)
    • dawko
      Troll?
      • naundob
        Take it as a sharpened expression of compliment/disappointment. Some people were overwhelmed by Interstellar, some under... the latter including me. I guess , there's nothing wrong in prefering someone unknowns imagination to that of a praised director, right? I guess the space (movie) race is still open and after watching this there really is a new hope.
    • VodkaSauce
      Worst troll job yet,
  • Dimius
    Wow... that was fantastic! That appeal he was talking about...meticulously selected by natural selection (never thought of it like that)...I think I might be one. It's like a scratch in my soul that I can't itch. I'm always looking to the stars, entranced. Technology holding me back...
  • Dawctor Krieger
    In inflation adjusted, current dollars, you could add up every dime ever spent by NASA in it's history, (every mission, the ISS, 30 years of the Shuttle, every probe, lander, rover, the Voyagers, the Apollo missions...LITERALLY EVERYTHING since the 1950's) and it would be less than we are currently spending *every year* on the Military. Like I said, in current adjusted dollars. Doesn't that just make you want to punch something??
    • VodkaSauce
      I want to punch you for posting this nonsense
  • phil
    This is really cool. That being said, this entire short is composed scenes ripped straight out of Kim Stanley Robinson's books, he should at least receive credit.
  • Jamie Holmes
    Use the hole budget on space exploration! I wanna know more. Looks great.
  • Carl Lazarraga
    That was better than interstellar.

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