Ooo. This is a gorgeous film, with imaginative and extremely detailed visions of what future Terrans might see if we ever get out of our gravity well and start living elsewhere in our solar system.
The film alone is worth a couple of viewings — and what a perfect choice for narration — but you should also head over to the gallery, which offers a shot-by-shot look at the scenes along with detailed explanations. Best of all, you can download any of the images in wallpaper resolution. (I already have the BASE jumpers from Verona Rupes set on my computer. Wow. Hard to decide which sounds like more fun, BASE jumping on Miranda with Uranus looming in the sky, or flying like a bird on Titan.)
What makes this video so lovely is that much of it is produced from existing photos of these landscapes, and the rest is drawn from existing knowledge. We know these places are out there. We know it really would be possible to fly on Titan, assuming we wore the world’s thickest Polarfleece clothing. Erik Wernquist has just taken that knowledge and rendered it in glorious imagery. It’s as if the scenes I’ve imagined from reading science fiction have now exited my head and appeared on my computer screen.
(You really, really want to watch this full screen and in HD.)
(Hat tip to Inge.)