Wanderers is a wonderful 4-minute film just produced on Vimeo by Erik Wernquist, a digital illustrator and artist from Sweden. The film is science fiction, but it’s based on very real designs and projections of how humanity may eventually explore the solar system. All the places shown in Erik’s illustrations are real places in the solar system–the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter, for instance–and have been created from actual photographs or other scientific data regarding the locations.

The narration of the film is by Carl Sagan. Though he died in 1996, Sagan’s vision of a positive future for humanity–solving its environmental problems and exploring the universe as literally another stage of human evolution–lives on, not just in his classic series Cosmos or his novel Contact, but in modern thought and activism by present-day scientists like Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The narration for this film comes from the audio book of Sagan’s 1994 book Pale Blue Dot. Sagan’s words and Wernquist’s visuals together present a thrilling and inspirational glimpse of what our future could be…if we choose it.

I am a strong advocate of human space exploration, and this is one reason I wanted to show you this video. If you like it, pass it on. BTW, I’ve never embedded a Vimeo vid on this blog before–I note that it comes out fairly small. If you want to see it on YouTube, go here (but as the upload is apparently unauthorized, the link may not be stable for long).

I’m reminded of the tag line at the end of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. As the Enterprise vanishes into warp drive, the words “The Human Adventure Is Just Beginning” come on the screen. Gene Roddenberry wrote those words in 1979, but Wanderers embodies them.

Thanks to my husband for showing me the video!