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?