Sail forbidden seas in this epic Carl Sagan-narrated space exploration short

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Dec 4, 2014

If Christopher Nolan's Interstellar freed your mind to grasp the incomprehensible awe of humanity amid the shining stars above, then watch this short film by animator Erik Wernquist.  

Wanderers is a stirring voyage to the outer reaches of our solar system, with inspirational narration by Carl Sagan woven into the astonishing digitally enhanced images and conceptual artworks of a Martian space elevator, moon geysers off the shoulder of Saturn, Europa's glittering ice fields, Jupiter's Great Red Spot and the titanic cliffs of the moon of Miranda.  Wernquist created this breathtaking 4-minute masterpiece as a visual feast to indulge our wildest fantasies in the incredible roster of destinations just outside our Earthbound doorstep.  It's a visionary excursion into a plausible future, described by Wernquist 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."

After your pulse settles, check out the educational gallery of images below with Wernquist's own thoughts and words on how this startling eye candy was created.

(Via io9)

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