Saturday, May 25, 2019

Mars base laboratory interior by Douglas Shrock

Picture of the Day 25/5/2019 - Digital painting of a female scientist at Mars base laboratory watching the arrival of a lander by American sci-fi artist Douglas Shrock (Shrox). More of his Mars art here.

Female scientist at Mars base laboratory by Douglas Shrock

Sunday, May 19, 2019

SpaceX Super Heavy Starship with additional two side boosters

SpaceX's Super Heavy Starship version with additional two side boosters (a configuration like that of Falcon Heavy). This was put together by Reddit user LargeMonty from the Starship renders by Finnish 3D artist Kimi Talvitie.

SpaceX Super Heavy Starship version with additional two side boosters

Friday, May 17, 2019

Mars colony by Space is More & Project Scorpio for Mars Colony Prize contest

This year The Mars Society is holding Mars Colony Prize - a contest for "the best plan for a Mars colony of 1000 people. The colony should be self-supporting to the maximum extent possible - i.e. relying on a minimum mass of imports from Earth. The goal is to have the colony be able to produce all the food, clothing, shelter, power, common consumer products, vehicles, and machines for 1000 people, with only the minimum number of key components, such as advanced electronics needing to be imported from Earth." Submissions for the contest are now closed and the winners will be chosen at the International Mars Society convention in Los Angeles, California in September 2019.

Here are images from the submission by the Polish team of Space is More & Project Scorpio.

Mars colony exterior by Space is More & Project Scorpio for Mars Colony Prize competition by The Mars Society

Mars colony interior by Space is More & Project Scorpio for Mars Colony Prize competition by The Mars Society

Mars colony sketch by Space is More & Project Scorpio for Mars Colony Prize competition by The Mars Society

Monday, May 13, 2019

Green Marsopolis by Annibale Siconolfi (Inward)

Cityscape of green Marsopolis with parks and large biodomes - a city on Mars in a far future by Italian futuristic 3D artist Annibale Siconolfi (Inward). More of his art here.

He has made also a different version - a bit depressing industrial Red Marsopolis.

Green Marsopolis on Mars by Annibale Siconolfi (Inward)

Red Marsopolis by Annibale Siconolfi (Inward)

Cityscape of red, industrial Marsopolis - a city on Mars in a far future by Italian futuristic 3D artist Annibale Siconolfi (Inward). More of his art here.

He has made also a different version - Green Marsopolis with parks and large biodomes.

Red Marsopolis on Mars by Annibale Siconolfi (Inward)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

SpaceX Super Heavy cargo Starship by Mack Crawford

Picture of the Day 11/5/2019 - Launch of SpaceX's full stack cargo Starship & Super Heavy by digital artist Mack Crawford (brickmack). More of his space concept art here.

SpaceX Super Heavy cargo Starship by Mack Crawford (brickmack)

Monday, May 6, 2019

Shiny SpaceX Starship renders by Sam Taylor

Digital artist Sam Taylor has created a pair of shiny render images of SpaceX's stainless steel Starship in space. More of his art here.

SpaceX Starship by Sam Taylor - front

SpaceX Starship by Sam Taylor - rear

Friday, May 3, 2019

Mars base concept by Wojciech Fikus for Marsception 2018 competition

Marsception 2018 was an architectural competition by Volume Zero "to envision a habitat for the first five colonists on the Red Planet where they would research on the viability of life for the future human generations". The 2nd place in the competition was won by the team of Polish architectural designer Wojciech Fikus (Wojtek Fikus) & Space is More. Their concept of the habitat was "modular structure made from triangular, inflatable wall cells connected together with internal life support system, based on microbiological water environment".

Mars base by Wojciech Fikus for Marsception 2018 competition
Top view of the base:
Mars base by Wojciech Fikus for Marsception 2018 competition - top view
Infographic about the concept:
Mars base concept infographic by Wojciech Fikus for Marsception 2018 competition

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

SpaceX. Raising the bar!

"Do it", as Elon Musk bluntly replied to the bragging of Boeing's CEO about "beating Elon Musk to Mars" 😁

These days SpaceX is the leading NewSpace company developing innovative and cost-effective rocket/space technologies and beating all the "space dinosaurs" in the field. Its ultimate goal is to colonize Mars. In the spirit of this reality Instagram user starjet_pilot has made this retro style poster (recalling the iconic photography of US soldiers raising the flag on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal) of starmen raising the flag of SpaceX on Mars with the Starship in the background.

Starmen raising the flag of SpaceX on Mars by Starjet-Pilot

Sunday, April 28, 2019

1 million human colony city on Mars by Max Rymsha

On 2017 HP announced the "Mars Home Planet" rendering challenge inviting participants "to imagine, create and virtually experience a sophisticated civilization on Mars. A new home for one million humans." Swedish architect and CG artist Max Rymsha was one of the winners of the challenge creating his concept "Between The Red Mountains" for a sustainable city on Mars for 1 million humans. His inspiring vision includes several large-scale biodomes, SpaceX's Starships (in their 2016 design) for Earth-Mars transportation, hyperloop lines for intercity transportation, electric rovers and quadcopters for local transportation, laboratories of NASA, etc.; most of the city (not shown in the illustration) is underground for better radiation and asteroid protection.

1 million human colony city on Mars by Max Rymsha
Infographic version with annotations:
1 million human colony city on Mars by Max Rymsha - infographic

Thursday, April 18, 2019

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

On April 17, 2019 China opened it's second Mars simulation base - C-Space Project, located in the Gobi Desert 40km from Jinchang, northwest Gansu Province. Its aim is to educate and provide an environment for youths and tourists to experience life on Mars. The facility consists of several interconnected modules including a domed greenhouse, living quarters, a control room and a mock decompression chamber. It is developed by a private company C-Space and will be heavily focused on tourism, with additional investment and development of the surrounding area hoping to attract two million visitors a year by 2030.

Apparently China has serious plans to inspire its population about human colonization of Mars, as only a month ago it opened its first Mars simulation base - Mars Camp, located in a high-altitude desert - the Qaidam Basin in Qinghai Province.

Here is a collection of photos from the base by Reuters, AFP, EPA & East News:

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

Rover racing at China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

3D-printed Mars base by Hassell & EOC

Design studio Hassell and structural engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan (EOC) is one of the 10 finalist teams in phase 3 (virtual model stage) of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge for Mars. Both companies partnered to design a shell, which could be constructed entirely by autonomous robots using Mars’ natural regolith, to protect the astronauts from the radiation, as well as micrometeorite strikes. The human-centric design was made with an approach that moves beyond the idea of astronauts as purely operators, to create a habitat where people can not only survive life on Mars, but really thrive there. The concept is well explained in this video, which forms part of the final submission and was made in collaboration with the "LightField London":



Conceptual design images for the project:

3D-printed Mars base by Hassell & EOC (NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge)

Mars habitat interior by Hassell & EOC (NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

New official renders of Lockheed Martin's Lunar lander

American aerospace, advanced technologies and defense company Lockheed Martin has published two new renders of its Lunar lander. The lander seems to be scaled down a little if compared to the concept published last year. The purpose of the two-stage lander would be to ship 4 astronauts from NASA's planned Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway to the surface of the Moon and back. The ascent stage is derived from the Orion spacecraft to ensure quicker development of the lander for an accelerated human return to the Moon as early as 2024 (according to the new aspirational timeline of NASA's leadership).

On 2017 Lockheed Martin also proposed its concept for a 4-person Martian lander.

Lockheed Martin Lunar lander on the Moon
Ascent stage docked to the "Early Gateway" in Lunar orbit:
Lockheed Martin Lunar lander docked to NASA Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway

Saturday, April 13, 2019

SpaceX Starship arriving to Mars

Picture of the Day 13/4/2019 - Fan version of SpaceX's stainless steel Starship (with different configuration of windows) arriving to Mars by Reddit user lmg1114.
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SpaceX stainless steel Starship arriving to Mars

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Map of shallow subsurface water distribution on Mars

On March 10 ESA has revealed the first results from ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter orbiting Mars since October 2016. Among the data there is the best map of shallow subsurface water distribution on Mars ever created. The map is made by orbiter's neutron detector FREND mapping the distribution of hydrogen in the uppermost metre of the planet’s surface. Hydrogen indicates the presence of water, being one of the constituents of the water molecule; it can also indicate water absorbed into the surface, or minerals that were formed in the presence of water.
  • Blue areas - more water
  • Orange areas - less water
Map of shallow subsurface water distribution on Mars by ExoMars

Monday, April 8, 2019

SpaceX outpost on Mars by Kevin Gill

Artist's vision of an early SpaceX outpost on Mars if Red Dragon missions launched by Falcon Heavy wouldn't be cancelled and replaced by much more powerful Starship mission architecture. The image was done by software engineer Kevin Gill from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More of his images here.

SpaceX outpost on Mars by Kevin Gill

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Mars colony by Alexey Shugurov

Picture of the Day 4/4/2019 - Astronaut trying to charge his ATV near a futuristic human colony on Mars by Ukrainian fantasy and space artist Alexey Shugurov. More of his art here.

Mars colony by Alexey Shugurov

Monday, April 1, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mars rover concept by Jort van Welbergen

Picture of the Day 31/3/2019 - Mars rover concept by Dutch concept designer Jort van Welbergen for upcoming massively multiplayer online (MMO) game Star Citizen. More of his concept art here.

Mars rover concept by Jort van Welbergen for Star Citizen MMO game

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Mining colony in a Martian crater by Johannes Ewers

Picture of the Day 28/3/2019 - Mining colony in a Martian crater by German digital artist Johannes Ewers. More of his art here.

Mining colony in Martian crater by Johannes Ewers
Closeup of the colony:
Mining colony in Martian crater by Johannes Ewers (closeup)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

First official HQ render of SpaceX stainless steel Starship

On the cover of Popular Mechanic’s April 2019 issue there is the first official HQ render of SpaceX's stainless steel Starship, showing the next-generation spaceship reentering Earth’s atmosphere in a blaze of glowing metal and plasma. The image was obtained by Teslarati.

A few days ago during a visit to Doyle Ryder Elementary school in Flint, Michigan, Elon Musk teased a video showing the Starship landing at Mars Base Alpha.

Official HQ render of SpaceX stainless steel Starship

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Forest under a dome by Artur Rosa

Picture of the Day 24/3/2019 - Forest with a lake and human colony under a dome on Mars by Portuguese digital artist Artur Rosa. More of his art here.

Forest under a dome on Mars by Artur Rosa

Friday, March 22, 2019

New official renders of SpaceX Starship landing at Mars Base Alpha

Today Elon Musk visited Doyle Ryder Elementary school in Flint, Michigan and demonstrated a new video of SpaceX's Starship. Here are some render images from that presentation with Starship landing at Mars Base Alpha. Forgive the poor quality of the images as they were captured by a camera; we will definitely get better quality official renders in the future.

Official render of SpaceX Starship landing at Mars Base Alpha

Official render of SpaceX Starship approaching Mars Base Alpha

Official render of SpaceX Mars Base Alpha

Development phases of SpaceX Starship by Colin Doublier

Sketch of the development phases of SpaceX's Starship by French urban artist Colin Doublier. More of his art here.

Development phases of SpaceX Starship by Colin Doublier

Friday, March 15, 2019

JAXA lunar rover by Toyota for missions starting in 2029

On March 12 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota announced they will jointly develop a manned, pressurized lunar rover that uses fuel cell electric vehicle technologies for JAXA's planned manned missions to explore five different locations near the Moon's southern pole between 2029 and 2034. The lunar rover would have a room for two astronauts on a missions up to 42 days and a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10'000 kilometers.

Here are concept images and animation for the rover:

JAXA lunar rover by Toyota
Animation of the deployment of the rover:

Monday, March 11, 2019

China's Mars Camp in Qaidam Basin, Qinghai Province

On March 1, 2019 China opened its first Mars analog research station - Mars Camp, located in a cold high-altitude desert - the Qaidam Basin in Qinghai Province. It's already the most ambitious Mars simulation station built, costing about $22 million. Covering an area of 53,330 square meters, the base can accommodate 60 people in its capsules and hundreds in the base's tents.

"The red rock area in the Qaidam Basin in Qinghai has been called the most "Martian" place on Earth, with its natural features, landscape and climate all similar to those on the red planet, said Gao Junling, the project founder. The temperatures here vary greatly between day and night, similar to those on Mars, according to Gao. He said that participants could immerse themselves in the environment and try to solve problems they might face on Mars, such as planting potatoes on Mars for food supply and solar power generation."

As information in Western media about this base is quite scarce and photos even scarcer we collected all the best photos here. Most of them are from this blog post (in Chinese).

China Mars Camp in Qaidam Basin, Qinghai Province

China Mars Camp in Qaidam Basin, Qinghai Province

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Mars truck by Pat Presley

Picture of the Day 10/3/2019 - Mars truck by American concept artist Pat Presley. More of his art here.

Mars truck by Pat Presley
The truck on the move, accompanied by a pair of speeders:
Mars truck on the move by Pat Presley