'Wanderers' Shows a Remarkable Future within Our Solar System [VIDEO]
In an incredible short film that may cause Interstellar moviegoers to experience a bit of déjà vu, director Christopher Nolan shows viewers what a future within our exotic solar system may look like.
Though Swedish animator and digital artist Erik Wernquist created the documentary-like film, Nolan adds his signature and epic touch to it, reminiscent of his other works including Transformers, Inception and the well-known Batman trilogy.
From riding a space elevator up from Mars and trekking across the fields of Europa, to soaring in wing suits above the clouds of Saturn's moon Titan and base jumping on Uranus' moon Miranda, "Wanderers" depicts astonishing visuals of what scientists imagine beyond planet Earth. It also serves as a vision of the human race's expansion into space.
Wernquist sees the film, based on futuristic visions of NASA, as "a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there," he wrote on the film's website.
What's more amazing is that each of the places depicted in "Wanderers" are true locations that can be found in our solar system, digitally created using photo or map data available.
The title of the movie partly refers to the first meaning of "planet," as in ancient times the planets were collectively called by the Greeks "aster planets," or the "wandering star." But according to Wernquist, "Wanderers" also refers to humans ourselves, who may one day become wanderers among the stars and sky.
Though the science-based film lacks any storyline - it's set to Carl Sagan reading from his famous book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future Space" - the amazing, out-of-this-world visuals presented throughout make up for it.
"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," Wernquist said.
While we're still a long way off from deep space exploration, we're getting a step closer, especially with the first space test flight of the Orion spacecraft set for Dec. 4. NASA hopes Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry astronauts on future manned missions to asteroids and Mars one day, and possibly beyond. You can learn more about Orion here.