Voyager 1 outlives the magnificent death of the sun in this mesmerizing CG short

Production studio PostPanic and director Mischa Rozema crafted this gorgeous bit of artificial space porn, Stardust, in memory of graphic designer Arjan Groot, who passed away in 2011. It envisions the journey of Voyager 1 as it moves ever farther from our sun and continues well beyond the lifespan of humanity.


Rozema admits that he has created an artistic, rather than scientific interpretation of our universe, focuses mainly on placing the camera in different locations to get a different visual perspective than is usually provided in scientific and science fictional portrayals of space:

From a creative standpoint, Rozema wanted to explore our preconceived perceptions of how the universe appears which are fed to us by existing imagery from sources such NASA or even sci-fi films. By creating a generated universe, Rozema was able to take his own 'camera' to other angles and places within the cosmos.

Objects and experiences we are visually familiar with are looked at from a different point of view. For example, standing on the surface of the sun looking upwards or witnessing the death and birth of a star - not at all scientifically correct but instead a purely artistic interpretation of such events.


Tip of the hat to Justin for point us to this video.

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i had a thought.

Lets assume that in fifty, a hundred, 500 years, etc....we finally have a functional FTL drive that allows use to pretty much reach any point in local space in reasonable amount of time.

Would...should...the people of that time recover Voyager?

I mean, with an FTL drive, its mission would be beyond obsolete. What would you good folks think to bringing it home to create a grand testimonial to the early days of space travel.

or do you think it would be more honorable and noble to leave it going, even as other vastly faster vehicles and probes speed past.

I do like the idea of leaving it going but i'm totally reminded of the XKCD comic with the rover left behind on Mars.

Sometimes, i feel bringing them back might be even more respectful.

tbh, i totally bounce between the two arguments.