Monday, December 1, 2014

Itch for locations remote?

 

Erik Wernquist created a short film entitled "Wanderers" narrated by Carl Sagan (from 1994's Pale Blue Dot) that shows what future explorers may be in for. According to Wernquist, "The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea with the film is primarily to show 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." 

It's a beautiful film, a look at what man can hope for.

But then there is the other side of man's race for technology as seen in Danny Cooke's "Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl," a film made using a drone to fly over the city that suffered a nuclear catastrophe on April 26, 1986. A nuclear disaster that exposed the area to 400 times more radiation than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Scientists are currently studying the effects of radiation on the area's wildlife, including birds with tumors and spiders that spin asymmetrical webs. It is believed that Pripyt is safe to visit for short periods of time.



When will you be able to visit Chernobyl for a longer vacation? 20,000 years from now.

Would you travel to outer space? Do you think that the dream is worth the risks? What remote locale are you itching to see? 

6 comments:

  1. I would definitely travel to outer space,however as far as landing on another planet and entering it's atmosphere, that would be highly questionable for me. I'd just stay in the space shuttle overlooking the planets that we pass by. The dream is definitely worth the risks, just imagine how different our world would be if mankind did not pursue their dreams because of risks. Imagine if the Wright brothers never built or flew their plane because they cared more about the risk. I would love to visit Antarctica sometime in my life. It's amazing how there are glaciers that are miles deep and what's under the glaciers has yet to be seen for hundreds of millions of years is incredible.

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  2. I believe we all want to see space. It's such a great mystery and we aren't even far away from space, we are right in it. It's right outside the atmosphere. "I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas." This quote feels to me to be some deep instinct for all of us at one point. It's being curious for danger and discovery. Space exploration and living on new planets would be on top of my list of "must dos" if it was made easy in my time. Technology has to advance just a little bit more for what was in the video to become a real life journey and like we see in Postcards from Pripyat, it can be a dangerous thing to expand on. Living on outer planets and space travel are probably very dangerous, but that is why we need it and that is why we will eventually have it. We all want to find great unknowns.

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  3. For some reason I always wondered how it will be like to live in outer space. I just get amazed at all the stars and lights and how amazing they look when I am watching a space related tv show. The last tv show I saw on space said that they might have found a planet that could contain water on it. With water their is life and it will be amazing to be able to meet another life form from another planet. Even though the risks are high I think I will be willing to go to space if I can come back home safe. The only thing that will scare me the most is the amount of time to get to a remote place. It will take months to years to get to certain places in space. Even though space is a beautiful place it can also be the most dangerous place too.
    With Pripyat there is no way I will go there because I am too afraid of getting radiation poising. But it is amazing on how we have drones so we are able to explore the city.

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  4. If I could travel through space I would go reluctantly because it is something wild to do. Outer space is something that has always interested me. It seems fascinating that in some solar system, there could be a planet that can contain life. I do think the dream is worth the risk because I myself am a person that loves adventure so exploring scenic places never explored before is something I would do. I myself would love to find a planet that we can one day go to and possibly live in.
    As far as Chernobyl, I would not visit because I would not want to be in that environment with radiation.

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  5. I do wish to travel through outer space because I have always dreamed about it. If human beings had the chance to travel through our galaxy (given that it is a risky job) then they would probably still do it. Human beings were able to accomplish many things throughout the years. Although there has been set backs and tragedies in the past, those mistakes has never stopped man from getting to the place they are today. Plus, tragedies like Chernobyl could be used as a reminder and lesson for the years to come. Man has only traveled a tiny amount of the galaxy and who knows what is out there to discover. Mankind is one day going to find their way to exploring the galaxy out there. I could only hope that I would be still alive when this opportunity will be accessible for me.

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  6. I would absolutely never ever ever travel to outer space no matter how much anyone paid me. I am perfectly happy down here with my feet on the ground and where I can breathe on my own. I have no objection to space travel as long as I'm not the one traveling. I actually do enjoy movies about space travel such as Star Trek, The Martian, and Gravity though all have fueled my desire to stay put here on Earth. I don't have any particular desire to visit any remote locations even on Earth either. I may not like being around a lot of people, but being all alone somewhere would feel more creepy than relaxing or calm.

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