Solar System Exploration Division
Sciences and Exploration Directorate - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

The Wanderers

The Wanderers

In ancient civilizations, people pondered the meanings of the stars, watching for clues to their survival: the beginning of planting and harvesting times, the seasons, and even portents of danger. They soon noticed that certain stars didn't stay in place, but wandered amongst the fixed star field. Later astronomers and philosophers soon recognized that these were worlds in their own right, orbiting the Sun in a cosmic dance. Join us as we take you on a tour of the Solar System, and learn about The Wanderers.

The Wanderers is GSFC's latest, fully narrated, planetary movie designed for the NOAA Science on a Sphere system. This system is in operation at over 170 locations around the world.

Why did we make this movie?

The planets have fascinated people since the earliest times and still do so today. Spacecraft have now visited many planets and bodies throughout the solar system, with more missions currently on the way to their destinations. This movie was designed to excite the imagination while showcasing the amazing data that has been returned from those missions. All of the images shown in the movie come from real spacecraft data, only modified when needed to fill the sphere or to convey information not otherwise easily seen.

We hope that you will enjoy this tour as much as we enjoyed making it. To download a flat MP4 version of the movie, please visit the SOS user site, though it looks much better projected on a sphere!

Wanderers Download

This project was funded by a grant from the NASA Opportunities in Education and Public Outreach for Earth and Space Sciences.


Produced and Written by:
Amy Simon-Miller
David Williams

Directed by:
Jay Friedlander

Art and Animation by:
Theophilus Britt Griswold
Jay Friedlander
Cory Frost

Narrated by:
Troy Cline

Music by:
Kevin MacLeod

Science Content:
Amy Simon-Miller
David Williams
Louis Mayo
Pamela Clark

Sphere Consultation:
Maurice Henderson and The GSFC Visitor Center

With special thanks to:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab
The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
NASA Ames Research Center
USGS Astrogeology Science Center
NASA Blue Marble Project
Washington State University
Axel Mellinger

Images and Data from:
Mariner 10
Venera Landers
Pioneer Venus
Mars Global Surveyor
Viking 1 & 2
Mars Exploration Rovers
Deep Impact
Deep Space 1
Voyager 1 & 2
Hubble Space Telescope