Travelling the universe is something that I think about often. How cool would that be? Flying through space visiting new planets, new worlds, new climates, atmospheres, discovering new forms of life. Of course, there are certain folks in the world trying to make this a reality for the rest of mankind, but whether or not it is something we will see in the next 100 years is hard to say.
Until the day arrives that mankind can travel freely at least throughout our own solar system, we will have to rely on digital artists like Erik Wernquist, who has created a stunning new short film depicting what it might look like once mankind has reached that monumental day. The day when we’ve truly “conquered” the Solar System.
Wernquist’s aptly titled Wanderers let’s us explore our Solar System with a bit more reality than imagination, giving us a small peak into what it might look like when futuristic humans are granted such luxuries as base-jumping off of cliffs on Uranus’ moon or simply floating amongst Saturn’s clouds.
"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,” says Wernquist.
"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.”
Of course, Wernquist has added a bit of his own imagination to fill in the gaps where only speculation lies, but the film achieves its purpose: to spark the imaginations of stargazers and space enthusiasts alike. To let us freely ponder how the massive world outside of our small planet exists in time.
"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 neighbouring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there,” notes Wernquist.
Check out the amazing visuals of Wernquist’s short film as you explore new planets and places to the tune of musings from Carl Sagan’s 1994 book, Pale Blue Dot.