Beautiful sci-fi short imagines humanity’s trek to the stars (Wired UK)

The Great Red Spot (Jupiter)

Wanderers_Erik Wernquist

Humans have been in awe of the Solar System for centuries, and
our itch to understand the unknown has formed the basis of space missions past and present. Yet aside from
the researchers, who bring us physically and scientifically closer
to space, it is the writers and filmmakers who give us non-astronauts an imaginative taster of what
space exploration could hold in the future.

“There is a lot of imagery from the Solar System sent out from
space by robots,” says Swedish digital artist Erik Wernquist, whose
short film Wanderers
gives a glimpse of out future adventures in space.

“When I see images from space and read about those places, I
always fantasise about what it could be like for a human to be
there — to feel the gravity on Titan, or the wind in the
atmosphere of Saturn, for example,” Wernquist tells

“I thought it would be interesting to use those images and put
people, or traces of people into them. I wanted to help visualise
the scale of those places and illustrate what I think it would to
be like to actually be there.”

Wanderers – a short film by Erik WernquistErik Wernquist

For Wernquist, while concocting a tangible and possible vision
of space expansion was paramount, it was equally important to get
the scientific concepts and facts right. The visuals in his film
are recreations based on real photographs and map data from

Werquist took raw images from NASA‘s image
database, added his own imagery on top, and included audio extracts
from late astronomer Carl Sagan’s book A Pale Blue Dot: A
Vision of the Human Future in Space
. The result is a short
science fiction film that offers a both a reflective and visually
poetic depiction of humanity’s innate desire to explore and
understand unknown terrains. 

Mars Elevator (Mars)

Wanderers_Erik Werquist

“If you look at our species as a whole,
the will to explore and to see and walk where no one else has been
before is one of many defining parts of us as humans, but of
course, not all of us feel like this,” Wernquist says.

Noting the extreme and inhabitable locations depicted in his
film, Wernquist noted that it might take years and generations
before space exploration became a tangible reality. Ever the
dreamer, however, he joked that if he had the chance, he’d love to
see the places in his film for real.

“The fantastic response to this film shows that there are many
people that have this urge to see what is out there, who share
these hopes and dreams for a grand future for humanity,” says
Wernquist. “Sometimes I feel quite alone with many of these
thoughts, however, the response to the film has also changed

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