I am a firm believer that man has to get off of this planet and find other places in the universe that we can populate (unlike my wife who thinks that we have no business going into space) but the question is – what will these planets look like, what will already inhabit those planets in the Goldilock’s Zone.
This is the question behind the documentary based on the book Expedition by Wayne D. Barlowe and tries to give us an idea of what one of these world’s, Darwin IV, might be like using CGI and the opinions of some pretty famous thinkers of our world.
Here is the storyline:
The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from earth, with 2 suns and 60% of Earth’s gravity. Having identified Darwin as a world that could support life, Earth sends a pilot mission consisting of the Mothership Von Braun and three probes: Balboa, Da Vinci, and Newton. This robotic fleet is responsible for finding and assessing any life forms on Darwin IV. Initially, the expectation is to find microscopic life, but the probes soon find themselves in the middle of a developed ecosystem teeming with diversity of life of all sizes. The drama on Darwin IV is motivated by real science missions, such as the NASA Origins Program and the NASA / JPL Planet-Finder Mission, as well as the European Space Agency’s Darwin Project. “Alien Planet ” is a cosmic expedition along side Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Jack Horner, Craig Venter, and George Lucas…