WHEN WE LOOK BACK ON THE MODERN GLOBAL ERA, the person we declare the age’s great prophet may well be the late scientist Carl Sagan. Sagan understood what was best about humanity, and he spoke about it with eloquence that few other men of science and reason ever have. In this brief video, animator Erik Wernquist sets Sagan’s speech about humanity’s inherent need to wander and explore to images of what our future settling of our own solar system may well look like. It will resonate deeply for those of us who see exploration not as a luxury but as a necessity.

Also, if you haven’t seen it already, watch this potentially life altering animation of his famous “Pale Blue Dot” speech.