Sunday, August 13, 2017

HD images from Mars 2030 VR experience

Mars 2030 VR is the latest education-focused virtual reality simulation set on Mars. It has been launched for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets, soon to come to PlayStation VR, and has been developed in partnership with NASA. MARS 2030 centers on open world exploration, covering ~40 square kilometers of the Mawrth Vallis region, accurately mapped and modeled using MRO HiRISE satellite data. Taking on the role of an astronaut, players traverse Mars and collect geological samples that uncover the planet’s past.

Here are some HD quality images from the game (open link in new tab to view in full resolution):

Mars 2030 VR image - base and roverMars 2030 VR image - base

Mars 2030 VR image - baseMars 2030 VR image - astronaut

Mars 2030 VR image - base at sunsetMars 2030 VR image - planet

Mars 2030 VR image - base and astronautMars 2030 VR image - exploration

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Martian landscape by Amante Lombardi

Picture of the Day 9/8/2017 - a hilly Martian landscape by British digital artist Amante Lombardi.
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Martian landscape by Amante Lombardi

Monday, July 31, 2017

SpaceX downscaled ITS spaceship comparison

Fan vision of possible SpaceX's scaled down version of the ITS cargo spaceship (for 9m booster) compared with the original ITS crew spaceship (for 12m booster), Space Shuttle, Orion and Dragon; created by NASASpaceFlight.com forum member lamontagne.

We will learn the actual SpaceX design for the scaled down version of the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) only during Elon Musk's presentation at the 2017 International Astronautical Conference in Adelaide, Australia, September 29.

SpaceX ITS Mars spaceship comparison by lamontagne

Friday, July 28, 2017

House on Mars by Nacho Malter

Picture of the Day 28/7/2017 - drawing of a cottage house on partly terraformed Mars by Argentinian freelance artist Nacho Malter. More of his art here.
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Cottage house on partly terraformed Mars by Nacho Malter

Saturday, July 15, 2017

New life on Mars by Robert Murray

Picture of the Day 15/7/2017 - a happy family at the human colony on Mars by Robert Murray / The Mars Society (2001).

Family at the human colony on Mars by Robert Murray / The Mars Society

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SpaceX ITS spaceships at Mars Base Alpha by Maciej Rebisz

Picture of the Day 12/7/2017 - SpaceX ITS spaceships at Mars Base Alpha or "Alpha Site" by Polish digital painter Maciej Rebisz. More of his art here.
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SpaceX ITS spaceships at Mars Base Alpha by Maciej Rebisz

Some close-ups of the painting:

SpaceX ITS spaceship at Mars Base AlphaSpaceX rover at Mars Base Alpha

Sunday, June 25, 2017

SpaceX spaceship on Mars by Alexandra Hodgson

Picture of the Day 25/6/2017 - "Expanding to New Horizons" - SpaceX ITS spaceship on Mars by Canadian illustrator Alexandra Hodgson. More of her concept art here.
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SpaceX spaceship on Mars by Alexandra Hodgson

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Spaceships in Mars orbit by James Vaughan

Picture of the Day 18/6/2017 - Spaceships in Mars orbit by photographer and concept artist James Vaughan. More of his aerospace and defense concept art here.
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Spaceships in Mars orbit by James Vaughan

Saturday, May 27, 2017

HD images of Mars from "The Expanse" TV series

Mars is one of two competing superpowers in the universe of The Expanse TV series (a political sci-fi detective set a few centuries in the future where humans has colonized the entire Solar system) but only a few scenes are actually set on Mars in the series. Here are some HD images from those few scenes in season 2 (open link in new tab to view in full resolution):

Valles Marineris - Mars image from The ExpanseMartian orbit - Mars image from The Expanse

Martian soldier - Mars image from The ExpanseSoldier in a canyon - Mars image from The Expanse

Terraforming Red Mars - image from The ExpanseTerraformed Blue Mars - image from The Expanse

Mars colony - image from The ExpanseValles Marineris - Mars image from The Expanse

Colonized independent Mars - image from The ExpanseMars as Earth's colony 137 years ago - image from The Expanse

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mars exploration rover by José Luis Martín

Picture of the Day 24/5/2017 - Mars exploration rover by Spanish digital artist José Luis Martín for Science Today Magazine. More of his sci-fi art here.
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Mars exploration rover by José Luis Martín for Science Today Magazine

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SpaceX's Heart of Gold spaceship leaving Earth by Jon Ross

Picture of the Day 16/5/2017 - SpaceX's 1st Mars Colonial Transporter "Heart of Gold" performs its Trans-Mars Injection burn, an image by Jon Ross.
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SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter "Heart of Gold" performs its Trans-Mars Injection burn

Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species" by Anastasiya Prosochkina & Aleksey Mazur

Picture of the Day 13/5/2017 - SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System will enable Mars as the other home for humanity, a painting by Russian sci-fi artists Anastasiya Prosochkina & Aleksey Mazur.
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Terraforming Mars by Anastasiya Prosochkina & Aleksey Mazur

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Map of possible landing sites for Red Dragon and Mars2020/ExoMars missions

Jake Robins from WeMartians Podcast has created a map of possible landing sites for SpaceX's first Red Dragon lander and NASA's Mars 2020 / ESA&Roscosmos's ExoMars rovers.
  • Red X = crashed/failed landings 
  • Green circle = successful landings 
  • Yellow ? mark = candidate sites for Mars2020/ExoMars 
  • Space "X" = candidate sites for Red Dragon

Map of possible landing sites for Red Dragon and Mars2020/ExoMars missions

It is presumed that the most possible landing site for SpaceX's first Red Dragon lander is southern Arcadia Planitia. We will see.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mars colony by Lockheed Martin

Picture of the Day 6/5/2017 - Concept art for a Martian colony by American aerospace, advanced technologies and defense company Lockheed Martin.
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Mars colony wallpaper by Lockheed Martin

Monday, May 1, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

HD images from Mission to Mars (2000) movie

Mission to Mars (2000) is a bit weird sci-fi movie where a mysterious Martian structure is found on Mars. When all of the first astronaut crew on Mars is killed by a monstrous sandstorm force a rescue mission is launched from Earth to investigate and bring back possible survivors. They find one barely sane and make contact with the last Martian ship long left in the alien structure.

Despite the weird story Mission to Mars has some of the most memorable Martian movie scenes; here are HD images from them
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Exploring Mars - Mission to Mars movie imageWorld Space Station - Mission to Mars movie image

Exploring Mars with rover - Mission to Mars movie imageAstronauts on Mars - Mission to Mars movie image

Astronauts in Sandstorm - Mission to Mars movie imageSpaceship - Mission to Mars movie image

Observing sandstorm on Mars from orbit - Mission to Mars movie imageAstronauts in Mars orbit - Mission to Mars movie image

Smiling astronaut in Mars orbit - Mission to Mars movie imageDead astronaut in Mars orbit - Mission to Mars movie image

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Rover approaching Mars base by Tiago Santos

Picture of the Day 16/4/2017 - A rover approaching Mars base by Portuguese concept artist Tiago Santos. More of his art here.
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Rover approaching Mars base by Tiago Santos

Friday, April 14, 2017

Industrial Mars by Evgeny Kazantsev

Picture of the Day 14/4/2017 - Industrial landscape on Mars by Russian sci-fi artist Evgeny Kazantsev. More of his art here.

Industrial landscape on Mars by Evgeny Kazantsev

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Images from Ghosts of Mars (2001) movie

Ghosts of Mars (2001) is a Mad Max's style violent sci-fi action movie set on partly terraformed Mars at the end of 22nd century. Its story is a complete nonsense where evil Martian ghosts take control of the minds of human colonists to violently destroy everything and everyone around. Nevertheless here are some images from the less absurd scenes in the movie :)

Martian train - Image from Ghosts of Mars movieHuman colony - Image from Ghosts of Mars movie

Martian train - image from Ghosts of Mars movieMartian landscape - image from Ghosts of Mars movie

Martian train - image from Ghosts of Mars movieMartian train - image from Ghosts of Mars movie

Nuclear explosion on Mars - image from Ghosts of Mars movieHuman colony on Mars - image from Ghosts of Mars movie