Sunset on Mars as depicted in the short film, Wanderers, based on images captured by NASA's Spirit rover. Image Credit: Erik Wernquist,

Wanderers: A Stunning Vision Of Humanity’s Future In Space Narrated By Carl Sagan

A short film narrated by Carl Sagan provides a stunning glimpse into humanity’s future in space.

Wanderers is a short film by Erik Wernquist that provides a breathtaking view of humans’ future in space. The film is narrated posthumously by Carl Sagan, using audio from the late astrophysicists’ book, Pale Blue Dot.

The film’s name comes from the Ancient Greek word for planet, planētēs, meaning “wanderer.” It is also a reference to the intrinsically human desire to explore. The short film draws inspiration and concepts from the works of science fiction authors such as Arthur C. Clarke and Kim Stanley Robinson, among others.

Instead of depicting imaginary worlds humans have yet to discover, Wanderers highlights real locations within the solar system that humans in the not too distant future could explore. Wanderers takes you from the geysers of Enceladus to the icy planes of Europa, from floating in Saturn’s rings to flying in skies of Titan. Photos and textures from NASA and ESA were used to produce digital recreations for the film.

“Although admittedly speculative, the visuals in the film are all based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens,” Erik Wernquist said on his website. “All 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.”

Learn more about Wanderers and the locations seen in the film here:

  • sungod64

    i liked that!

  • Bryan J

    If only we could do it now. Today. I would volunteer for the first ship off Earth in a heartbeat; even if I knew it could never come back.

    It brings to mind the oft-quoted John Muir, as scratched in to the lid of the trail registration box outside of a Sawtooth Wilderness trailhead. ‘The mountains are calling, and I must go.’