Friday, July 19, 2019

Mars colony by Mauricio Pampin

Picture of the Day 19/7/2019 - Mars colony with several interconnected geodesic domes by Canadian concept artist Mauricio Pampin. More of his art here.

Mars colony by Mauricio Pampin

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

HD quality official renders of SpaceX Starship at Mars Base Alpha and on the Moon

In April Elon Musk on his Twitter profile teased two new renders with SpaceX's Starship on the Moon and at Mars Base Alpha. Unfortunately those were low resolution images. Now we have a HD resolution versions (press Open link in new tab to view) of those renders from SpaceX's Principal Mars Development Engineer Paul Wooster's presentation at Humans to Mars summit 2019 organized by Explore Mars.

SpaceX Starship at Mars Base Alpha HD

SpaceX Starship on the Moon HD

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Saturn V and SpaceX Starship at launch pad by Gravitation Innovation

Today 50 years ago the most powerful rocket ever built - Saturn V - launched first astronauts to set foot on the Moon. But right now the leading NewSpace company SpaceX is building even more powerful rocket for Mars - Starship & Super Heavy. SpaceX is hoping it to be operational in 2021.

Here is a poster by Gravitation Innovation with Saturn V and SpaceX Starship at launch pad. Note the Starship is at front so it appears a lot bigger than Saturn V at back. In reality the difference in height is minimal with Saturn V being 111 m high and Starship & Super Heavy at 118 m by current design which is subject to change.

Saturn V and SpaceX Starship at launch pad by Gravitation Innovation

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Mars rover returning to lander by Jaroslaw Marcinek

Picture of the Day 13/7/2019 - Mars rover returning to a lander by Polish freelance illustrator Jaroslaw Marcinek. More of his art here.

Mars rover returning to lander by Jaroslaw Marcinek

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Nazi Moon base by Darren Tan

Singaporean freelance illustrator Darren Tan visualizing the conspiracy theory of a secret Nazi base on the far side of the Moon.

This alternate history science fiction myth was somewhat started by Rocket Ship Galileo, a 1947 young adult novel by Robert Heinlein, which features three teenagers who travel to the Moon and discover a secret Nazi base. Since then the "secret Nazi Moon base" cultural myth has been used in fiction frequently, including The Man in the High Castle novel (1962) by Philip K. Dick (and its recent TV series adaptation), Iron Sky movie (2012) and Wolfenstein: The New Order video game (2014). We should remember that Von Braun's V-2 rocket was the first man made object reaching outer space in June, 1944, and it was the base for both US and Soviet space programs. So the myth had some logical grounds.

Nazi Moon base by Darren Tan

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Building an industrial complex on Mars by William Black

To survive on Mars longterm humans will need to live off the land (a practice in space exploration called In Situ Resource Utilization or shorter ISRU), so we will need to extract, process and store local resources of the planet. Here is William Black's artistic vision of building an industrial complex on Mars at Syria Planum, located south from Noctis Labyrinthus. More of his space concept art here.

Building an industrial complex on Mars at Syria Planum by William Black

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Mars colony in artificial, domed canyon

Picture of the Day 4/7/2019 - design of what could be a human colony in a narrow, artificial, domed canyon on Mars by LAVA architects. This image was done for a design of Masdar City (next to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) - a futuristic sustainable city project in development and intended to be a hub for cleantech companies.

Mars colony in artificial domed canyon - design for Masdar City (UAE) by LAVA

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Mars Ice Home concept by NASA, SEArch+ & Clouds AO

Mars Ice Home is a feasibility study conducted at NASA Langley Research Center in 2016 in collaboration with human-centered space design studio SEArch+ and architects from CloudsAO. Responding to the problem of galactic cosmic radiation being the most significant issue for human health on long duration Mars surface missions, the concept incorporates in situ resource utilization derived water-ice for radiation shielding and as a structural component.

Water, a hydrogen-rich material, is an excellent shielding material for galactic cosmic rays – and many areas of Mars have abundant water ice just below the surface. The Ice Home concept balances the need to provide protection from radiation, without the drawbacks of an underground habitat. The design maximizes the thickness of ice above the crew quarters to reduce radiation exposure while also still allowing light to pass through ice and surrounding materials. The water-ice fills and freezes within cellular pockets of the precision-manufactured inflatable membrane. The interior of the habitat would be insulated from the ice with a cellular layer of carbon dioxide, which can easily be extracted from the Martian atmosphere.

Mars Ice Home exterior by NASA, SEArch+ & Clouds AO

Mars Ice Home greenhouse by NASA, SEArch+ & Clouds AO

Mars Ice Home by NASA, SEArch+ & Clouds AO

Sunday, June 30, 2019

3D-printed Mars habitat MARSHA by AI SpaceFactory

Architectural and technology design agency AI SpaceFactory is the team that won NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge for Mars. Their design "MARSHA" of an egg-shaped, dual shell habitat is a principal rethinking of what a Martian habitat could be - not another low-lying dome or confined, half-buried structure but a bright, multi-level, corridor-free home that stands upright on the surface of Mars.

Here are some impressive conceptual design images for the project:

3D-printed Mars base MARSHA in duststorm by AI SpaceFactory (NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge)

3D-printed Mars base MARSHA by AI SpaceFactory (NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge)

3D-printed Mars base MARSHA by AI SpaceFactory (NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge)

Thursday, June 27, 2019

NatGeo's MARS TV series: drama part of full season 2

National Geographic's MARS season 2
Most of the criticism against National Geographic Channel's MARS TV series is related to the concept of joining drama with documentary. In a result the viewer can't fully enjoy any of the two parts without interruptions from the other part every few minutes. So here you can watch only the drama part of full season 2 of the show without documentary cut-ins.

In season 1 the series depicted first human mission to Mars and hardships of building a base on Mars in a lava tube. Season 2 is digging deeper into the challenges of life on Mars, covering everything from the first Martian-born baby to surviving the common cold to the first commercial efforts by Lukrum Corporation to exploit the planet's resources.



Watch full episodes of the show here:


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

ESA's base on Mars by Martin Kornmesser

Picture of the Day 25/6/2019 - Concept image of European Space Agency's (ESA) base on Mars by German graphic designer Martin Kornmesser.

ESA base on Mars by Martin Kornmesser

Friday, June 21, 2019

Mars exploration rover by Sergii Golotovskiy

Picture of the Day 21/6/2019 - Mars exploration rover in a sandstorm by Polish concept artist Sergii Golotovskiy. More of his art here.

Mars exploration rover by Sergii Golotovskiy

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Mars exploration rover and drones by Paul Canavan

Picture of the Day 16/6/2019 - Painting of Mars exploration rover and drones by British fantasy artist Paul Canavan. More of his art here.

Mars exploration rover and drones by Paul Canavan

Monday, June 10, 2019

Underground atrium on Mars by Vincent Callebaut

Picture of the Day 10/6/2019 - design of what could be an interior view of an underground atrium on Mars by French eco architect Vincent Callebaut. This image was done for a design project "Wooden Orchids" of an eco-responsible shopping mall in Ruichang, China.

Underground atrium on Mars by Vincent Callebaut

Friday, June 7, 2019

Human colony on Mars for Buzz Aldrin's "Welcome to Mars" book

Impressive cover art of human colony on Mars with several domes and parks for "Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet" book for kids. It was written by Marianne J. Dyson and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin (2nd on the Moon) and published in 2015 by National Geographic Children's Books.

Human colony on Mars for Buzz Aldrin 'Welcome to Mars' book

Monday, June 3, 2019

SpaceX Starship at Moon Base Alpha by Sam Taylor

Picture of the Day 3/6/2019 - Poster of a dozen starmen (with white&black suits) & starwomen (with white&pink suits) working around SpaceX's Starship at Moon Base Alpha by digital artist Sam Taylor. More of his art here.

Poster of SpaceX Starship at Moon Base Alpha by Sam Taylor

Friday, May 31, 2019

New engine bay of SpaceX Starship by Kimi Talvitie

Finnish 3D artist Kimi Talvitie has made a model of possible new configuration of SpaceX's Starship engine bay with 3 vacuum optimized Raptors and 3 sea level optimized Raptors (news recently revealed by Elon Musk). More of Kimi's art on his Twitter account.

Possible new configuration of SpaceX Starship engine bay with 3 vacuum optimized Raptors and 3 sea level optimized Raptors by Kimi Talvitie

Mars base by Sergge Dobrovolski

Picture of the Day 31/5/2019 - Mars base by Russian photographer and fantasy artist Sergge Dobrovolski.
More of his art here.

Mars base by Sergge Dobrovolski

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