Yesterday I discovered this must-watch video. A futuristic short-film, beautifully crafted, based on digitised real images of real Solar System locations and narrated by Carl Sagan’s hypnotic voice. The end result? a beautiful, inspiring video.
And how not to be inspired by those images? With a spaceship departing Earth as seen from the ISS, featuring beautiful dusk clouds (from NASA’s APOD 11 April 2012); or in orbit around Enceladus with its water vapour geysers as observed by Cassini, perfected with sparkly water particles; or spaceships hovering over the Victoria crater on Mars photographed by Opportunity; or humans enjoying that mesmerising Mars sunset snapped by the Spirit rover. And what about cities on the equatorial ridge of Saturn’s moon Iapetus; or humans trekking on the ice-sheet covering Jupiter’s moon Europa with the gorgeous gigantic Jupiter in the background and the volcanic moon Io; or men flying above Titan’s methane lakes, or skydiving from the towering cliffs of Uranus’ moon Miranda; and finally, flying above Saturn’s clouds with a majestic view of the rings at sunset.
And like Sagan so eloquently says:
Maybe it’s a little early, maybe the time is not quite yet, but those other worlds, promising untold opportunities, beckon.
Silently, they orbit the Sun, waiting…
A beautiful, positive, inspiring view of the future of mankind in the Solar System in the space age. There is hope.