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Epic Short Film 'Wanderers' Envisions Humanity's Future in Space

Image from 'Wanderers' Science Fiction Film
WANDERERS is a short science fiction film by Erik Wernquist – a digital artist and animator from Stockholm, Sweden. This image from the film makes use of photo taken by NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover and provides true landscape while adding in future Red Planet expeditionary crew. (Image credit: Erik Wernquist)

"Wanderers" is a short science fiction film by Erik Wernquist – a digital artist and animator from Stockholm, Sweden.

Wernquist notes that the film is a vision of humanity's future expansion into the solar system. 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.

Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist (opens in new tab) from Erik Wernquist (opens in new tab) on Vimeo (opens in new tab).

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.

Adding to the compelling nature of this video is the narrative voice of astronomer and author Carl Sagan. The audio used are excerpts from Sagan's own reading of his book 'Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (opens in new tab)' (1994).

To view this marvelous production, go to:

http://vimeo.com/108650530#at=9 (opens in new tab)

Leonard David has been reporting on the space industry for more than five decades. He is former director of research for the National Commission on Space and is co-author of Buzz Aldrin's 2013 book "Mission to Mars – My Vision for Space Exploration," published by National Geographic, with a new updated paperback version to be released next year. Follow us @SpacedotcomFacebook or Google+. Originally published on Space.com.

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Leonard David is an award-winning space journalist who has been reporting on space activities for more than 50 years. Currently writing as Space.com's Space Insider Columnist among his other projects, Leonard has authored numerous books on space exploration, Mars missions and more, with his latest being "Moon Rush: The New Space Race" published in 2019 by National Geographic. He also wrote "Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet" released in 2016 by National Geographic. Leonard  has served as a correspondent for SpaceNews, Scientific American and Aerospace America for the AIAA. He was received many awards, including the first Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History in 2015 at the AAS Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium. You can find out Leonard's latest project at his website and on Twitter.