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 it's 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

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Dawn of a new Space Age

Photo of SpaceX's Starhopper at sunset by Jaime Almaguer. The Starhopper (test vehicle of SpaceX's stainless steel Starship) is currently being built in SpaceX's Boca Chica launch facility in South Texas and scheduled to fly first test flights in March/April 2019.

Photo of SpaceX's Starhopper at sunset on Boca Chica by Jaime Almaguer

Friday, March 8, 2019

D-Mars mission habitat in southern Israel

Astronauts returning to D-Mars mission habitat in southern Israel; photo by Niamh Shaw. D-Mars (Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station) is Israel's 1st Mars analog research station similar to Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, US where astronauts, scientists and space enthusiasts can train for future human missions to Mars.

The station is located in a desolate area in Israel’s Negev Desert near the 200 million-year-old, 25-mile-wide Ramon Crater. Although not an impact crater, but a rare form of erosion structures, it has a resemblance to a variety of terrain types relevant to Mars exploration. The surrounding area hosts many similarities to the Martian environment in its geology, aridity and isolation.

Astronauts returning to D-Mars mission habitat in southern Israel

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Mars colony city by Bill Wright

Picture of the Day 6/3/2019 - Mars colony city under a dome by American retro space artist Bill Wright. More of his art here.

Mars colony city by Bill Wright

Thursday, February 28, 2019

SpaceX Starship on a landing pad on Mars by Charlie Burgess

Picture of the Day 28/2/2019 - SpaceX's stainless steel Starship on a landing pad on Mars by British digital artist Charlie Burgess. More of his art here.

SpaceX Starship on a landing pad on Mars by Charlie Burgess

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

SpaceX Starship docking to Von Braun Rotating Space Station

Several renders by architect Tim Alatorre (from Domum Architects) of SpaceX's stainless steel Starship docking to Gateway Foundation's proposed Von Braun Rotating Space Station (precursor to its more ambitious Gateway Spaceport) with artificial spin gravity.

SpaceX Starship docking to Von Braun Rotating Space Station (Gateway Foundation)

SpaceX Starship docked to Von Braun Rotating Space Station (Gateway Foundation)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Possibly official render of SpaceX stainless steel Starship during Mars entry

Yesterday Elon Musk gave an exclusive interview to Popular Mechanics. The interview is illustrated with several images, one of which is a fresh render of SpaceX's stainless steel Starship during Mars entry. The author of the render is stated to be "SpaceX" (as one more earlier official render from SpaceX).

SpaceX stainless steel Starship during Mars entry

Monday, February 25, 2019

SpaceX explorers digging out Opportunity by Leonhard Loacker

Picture of the Day 25/2/2019 - Drawing of future SpaceX explorers digging out NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars by young Austrian artist Leonhard Loacker. More of his art on his Instagram profile.

SpaceX explorers digging out NASA Opportunity rover on Mars by Leonhard Loacker

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Mars biodome by Simon Klinz

Picture of the Day 23/2/2019 - Working day in a biodome on Mars - a loading screen for Memories of Mars by German video game artist Simon Klinz. Memories of Mars is an open world survival game where you have to craft, build and fight for your survival. The game is set 100 years in the future among abandoned mining operations on the red planet and currently is in early access on Steam. More of Simon's game art here.
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Mars biodome - loading screen for Memories of Mars survival game by Simon Klinz

Friday, February 22, 2019

Renders of SpaceX Starship & Super Heavy by Charlie Burgess

British digital artist Charlie Burgess has created several render images of SpaceX's full stack Starship & Super Heavy. More of his art here. Open link in new tab to view images in full resolution.

SpaceX Starship & Super Heavy by Charlie Burgess

SpaceX Starship & Super Heavy by Charlie Burgess

SpaceX Starship & Super Heavy by Charlie Burgess

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Globe of terraformed Mars with city lights

Picture of the Day 21/2/2019 - Wallpaper with a globe of terraformed Mars with city lights on the night side by Reddit user DocIsIn.
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Wallpaper - globe of terraformed Mars with city lights on the night side

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

SpaceX #dearMoon Starship arriving to The Moon by Kimi Talvitie

Picture of the Day 20/2/2019 - SpaceX #dearMoon Starship arriving to The Moon by Finnish 3D artist Kimi Talvitie updating the official SpaceX image for #dearMoon mission with the new stainless steel design of Starship. More of Kimi's art on his Twitter account.
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SpaceX #dearMoon Starship arriving to The Moon by Kimi Talvitie

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Renders of SpaceX stainless steel Starship by Reese Wilson

Reese Wilson has created some impressive render images of SpaceX's stainless steel Starship. More of his SpaceX photos and renders on his Flickr page. Open link in new tab to view images in full resolution.

SpaceX Stainless Steel Starship above Earth by Reese Wilson

SpaceX Stainless Steel Starship by Reese Wilson

Friday, February 15, 2019

Mars dome interior by John Berkey

Picture of the Day 15/2/2019 - retro-futuristic illustration of what could be an interior view of a dome on Mars by classical future and space artist John Berkey. This illustration was done in 1975 as one of Otis Elevator Company adds. More of Berkey's art here.

Mars dome interior by John Berkey

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hovering Porsche 911 on Mars by Chris Labrooy

Picture of the Day 12/2/2019 - Hovering Porsche 911 on Mars by British design artist Chris Labrooy. More of his art here.

Hovering Porsche 911 on Mars by Chris Labrooy
Another view from rear with a small Martian outpost visible:
Hovering Porsche 911 approaching Martian outpost by Chris Labrooy

Monday, February 11, 2019

SpaceX Super Heavy block 1 will have landing legs as Starship

Elon Musk has confirmed that the initial version (we will call it block 1) of SpaceX's Super Heavy booster will have similar landing legs as the Starship and only later versions of Super Heavy will/may land back on its launch mount. Reese Wilson has made unofficial render of the most recent design for full stack Starship & Super Heavy.
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SpaceX Starship + Super Heavy block 1 by Reese Wilson

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Heavy Mars trucks by Blackbird Interactive

Picture of the Day 9/2/2019 - painting of heavy-duty Mars trucks by Canadian game developer Blackbird Interactive for its "Project Eagle" - a 3D interactive Mars base free to play on Steam and developed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The interactive base is intended as NASA's vision of what a human base on Mars would look like in 100 years.
Here are HD images from the project.
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Heavy Mars trucks painting by Blackbird Interactive, NASA JPL

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mars base library by Tarik Keskin

Picture of the Day 7/2/2019 - a library at human base on Mars by Turkish digital artist Tarik Keskin. More of his art here.
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Mars base library by Tarik Keskin

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019

SpaceX Starship infographics by Kimi Talvitie

Finnish 3D artist Kimi Talvitie, who has made some of the best comparative renders of SpaceX's stainless steel Starship, today posted 2 infographics of the Starship:

SpaceX stainless steel Starship infographic by Kimi Talvitie

SpaceX stainless steel Starship infographic by Kimi Talvitie

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Memories of Mars - open world survival game set on Mars

Memories of Mars is an open world survival game where you have to craft, build and fight for your survival. The game is set 100 years in the future among "abandoned mining operations on the red planet, as the dream of exploiting and colonizing Mars has proven impossible. You play as a recently awoken clone who learns its lifespan is limited by the lethal solar flares that hit the surface of the planet every few weeks. Tasked with surviving the barren wastelands of Mars, players must explore the unforgiving Martian terrain and build a habitable homestead while fighting against a variety of dangers including strange enemies, harsh environmental elements and other human clone survivors."

The game is developed by "Limbic Entertainment" and currently is in early access on Steam.

Here are some images and a trailer from the game:

Memories of Mars game image - human base on Martian mesa


Monday, January 28, 2019

Support for a SpaceX Starship & Super Heavy LEGO set

SpaceX Starship & Super Heavy LEGO set - cover
"Saturn V LEGO set" co-designer Valerie Roche and her "SpaceX – The Ultimate Collection" co-designer Matthew Nolan, along with fellow LEGO fan designer Mark Nolan have created a 1:110 scale LEGO set of SpaceX's stainless steel Starship & Super Heavy (previously known together as Big Falcon Rocket). The creators promise to frequently update the design of the set as SpaceX announces new design changes for Starship & Super Heavy.

To make this set a reality, inspiring the children (and not only them) about spaceflight, the creators need our support to reach 10'000 votes on LEGO Ideas. There are 2499 votes for now.

Please, go HERE and click "Support"!


Here are some images from the design. Open link in new tab to view image in full resolution.

SpaceX Starship & Super Heavy LEGO set - full stack (Big Falcon Rocket)SpaceX Starship & Super Heavy LEGO set - Super Heavy & Starhip

SpaceX Starship & Super Heavy LEGO set - rear

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Mars colony dome painting by Blackbird Interactive

Picture of the Day 24/1/2019 - painting of Mars colony dome by Canadian game developer Blackbird Interactive for its "Project Eagle" - a 3D interactive Mars base free to play on Steam and developed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The interactive base is intended as NASA's vision of what a human base on Mars would look like in 100 years.
Here are HD images from the project.
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Mars colony dome painting by Blackbird Interactive, NASA JPL

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

SpaceX spaceport on Mars by Mike Winkelmann (beeple)

Picture of the Day 20/1/2019 - vision of a futuristic SpaceX spaceport on Mars by digital fantasy artist Mike Winkelmann, better known as beeple. More of his art here.
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SpaceX spaceport on Mars by Mike Winkelmann (beeple)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Farming in a dome on Mars by Mike Kiev

Picture of the Day 19/1/2019 - farming in a dome on Mars by Ukrainian photographer & illustrator Mike Kiev. More of his works here.
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Farming in a dome on Mars by Mike Kiev
Closeup of the colony town in the background:
Mars colony by Mike Kiev