Have you ever fantasized of taking a trip someplace really, very far away – and completely disengaging from reality in the process?
NASA, on the other hand, seems to want the same thing for you. The exploratory space agency has published a commercial film created by the fictitious Exoplanet Travel Bureau, which aims to send its customers on journeys to far-off places (or gaseous planets).
The minute-long video, titled “Visions of the Future,” shows members of the jet set kayaking on Saturn’s water-covered moon Titan, surveying the surroundings from atop an observation tower on Venus, and skydiving on exoplanet HD 40307 g, a newly discovered potential “super-Earth” that scientists believe may support the development of human life on its surface.
The film started off as a series of promotional travel posters produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to promote the space agency’s missions. It was also shown in a film showing how the futuristic video was made, which included actual performers and green-screen technology.
And speaking of inspiration, this video was inspired by the "Visions of the Future" travel poster series created by @NASAJPL.
— NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard) October 19, 2021
A real-life Exoplanet Travel Bureau has yet to be established, but commercial space travel is rapidly becoming reality, as this generation’s space race is well underway.
More civilians have seen space this year than ever previously imagined, thanks to tech entrepreneurs — namely Jeff Bezos for Blue Origin, Elon Musk for SpaceX and Richard Branson for Virgin Galactic, who are all competing to launch the first viable commercial spaceflight service.
Musk has said that he’s “highly confident” that humans will touch Mars within the next six years. He and others are banking on life outside of Earth as resources become increasingly scarce on the planet.
Meanwhile, environmentalists — including Prince William — have criticized the urgency to populate other worlds, rather than invest in our own.
“We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,” the British royal said last week.