The word "planet" comes an ancient Greek word meaning "wanderer". Our forebears noticed these points of light wandering across the fixed background of stars, eventually figured out they were bodies orbiting the Sun just like the Earth, and finally visited most of them with robotic probes. (The probe to complete that list awakes tomorrow.) Yet we still haven't landed ourselves on any other planet. Swedish Filmmaker Erik Wernquist explores what that would be like in this amazing short film, Wanderers:
All of the places depicted in the film are real and faithfully depicted (often using NASA/ESA imagery): Mars, Jupiter and its moon Titan, Saturn and Iapetus, Neptune's moon Miranda. The only part that's purely a creation of the artist's is the hollowed-out asteroid, and even that's a question of engineering rather than possibility. Be sure to check out all the entries in the gallery for the background on these images and how they were created (and even download high-res versions for your desktop).
That's all for this week. See you on Monday!