Saturday, September 14, 2019

New cinematic trailer for Occupy Mars simulation game released

The Martian frontier is yours in Occupy Mars - the upcoming (as of today: Coming soon) highly technical open world simulation game about Mars colonization from Polish indie game developer Pyramid Games. In the game you will be able to "build and upgrade your base, discover new amazing regions, conduct mining operations, retrieve water and generate oxygen, grow crops, fix broken parts, learn how to survive on Mars!"

Here is the newest cinematic trailer of the game and beautiful HD images from it. Note the SpaceX's Starman style spacesuit and ITS v2016 Starship.


SpaceX ITS v2016 Starship landing at Mars base:
SpaceX Starship landing at Mars base - image from Occupy Mars game
Assembling Mars base module by module:
Building Mars base modules - image from Occupy Mars game
Astronaut planting a tree in Mars biodome:
Astronaut planting a tree in Mars biodome - image from Occupy Mars game
Mars base layout:
Mars base layout - image from Occupy Mars game

Friday, September 13, 2019

SpaceX Starship landing at Mars base by Colin Doublier

Picture of the Day 13/9/2019 - Sketch of SpaceX's Starship landing at Mars base by French urban artist Colin Doublier. More of his art here. Note the rover from The Martian and 3D-printed habitats by Hassell & EOC and AI SpaceFactory in the scene.

Sketch of SpaceX Starship landing at Mars base by Colin Doublier

Monday, September 9, 2019

Three phases of terraforming Mars by Björn Selin

Annotated images with three phases of exploring and terraforming Mars by Swedish game artist Björn Selin. The images were made with the guidance of planetary scientist Chris McKay from NASA's Ames Research Center.
Phase 1 - exploration - humans can explore the barren Red planet only within protective pressure suits / rovers / habitats:
Terraforming Mars Phase 1 (exploration) by Bjorn Selin
Phase 2 - planetary ecosynthesis - the air pressure and temperature has risen to the level where only warm clothing and oxygen mask is needed; simple organisms as lichens can be introduced:
Terraforming Mars Phase 2 (planetary ecosynthesis) by Bjorn Selin
Phase 3 - spreading life - humidity and temperature has risen to the level where only oxygen mask is needed; more complex organisms can be introduced:
Terraforming Mars Phase 3 (spreading life) by Bjorn Selin

Friday, September 6, 2019

Speculative internal structure of SpaceX Starship by William Falconer-Beach

William Falconer-Beach, a young graphic designer from New Zealand, has made several renders with possible internal structure of SpaceX's Starship. More of his Starship renders here.

Note this is only a speculation by artist. Hopefully we will see some information about Starship's internal layout in Elon Musk's presentation on September 28.

Internal structure of SpaceX Starship by William Falconer-Beach - full
Starship's crew section:
Internal structure of SpaceX Starship by William Falconer-Beach - crew section

Thursday, September 5, 2019

B&W SpaceX Starship renders by Brandon Bolleber

Three black & white SpaceX's Starship renders by American motion & 3D graphics designer Brandon Bolleber. More of his art here.

SpaceX Starship render by Brandon Bolleber

SpaceX Starship render by Brandon Bolleber

SpaceX Starship render by Brandon Bolleber

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Candidate sites for SpaceX Starship Mars landings revealed

[on September 2 info & map updated with additional two possible landing sites]

Robert Zimmerman from BehindTheBlack.com has found several images labelled as "Candidate Landing Site for SpaceX Starship [..]" in the latest data release from University of Arizona's HiRISE camera (aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter). It means that with help from NASA SpaceX is already quietly evaluating the best place where to land first Starships on Mars. Here are direct links to HiRISE image of: Site 1, Site 2, Site 3, Site 4, Site 5 (in Arcadia Planitia) & Site 6 (in Phlegra Montes).

For several years it hasn't been a secret SpaceX is considering four Martian regions for landings: Deuteronilus Mensae, Phlegra Montes, Utopia Planitia and southern Arcadia Planitia. But even in 2017 southern Arcadia Planitia looked "more promising", according to Paul Wooster, Principal Mars Development Engineer at SpaceX. So by now SpaceX may very well be down to evaluating more precise landing sites in that region.

All the candidate landing sites (except #6 in Phlegra Montes) are located on the border between Amazonis Planitia and Arcadia Planitia. According to latest data, Arcadia Planitia is one of the few regions where abundant shallow ice is present at relatively low latitudes. There is strong evidence that this location holds buried ice glaciers. So it has two critical elements looked by SpaceX for its Mars Base Alpha: solar energy and water. Those are critical not only for life support but also for refueling Starships. It's also in low altitude meaning a bit higher air pressure than in higher areas on Mars; that is beneficial for radiation protection and creates more atmospheric drag during the landing.

We made a map of all of the candidate sites:
Potential sites for SpaceX Starship Mars landings
Mars heightmap & potential site 6 for SpaceX Starship Mars landing in Phlegra Montes

Monday, August 26, 2019

Mars colony construction from The Space Between Us movie

Picture of the Day 26/8/2019 - Construction site of a human colony with several domes on Mars from The Space Between Us (2017) - a teen romance movie about the first child born on Mars. More images from the movie here.

Mars colony construction from The Space Between Us movie

Sunday, August 25, 2019

SpaceX Starship visiting Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway by Colin Doublier

Picture of the Day 25/8/2019 - Sketch of SpaceX's Starship visiting NASA's future Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway by French urban artist Colin Doublier. More of his art here.

SpaceX Starship visiting Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway by Colin Doublier

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Nuke Mars

"Nuke Mars" is one of the few Elon Musk's ideas we wouldn't support; there are much better options, how to kickstart a terraformation process on Mars, as solar mirrors or powdering Martian ice caps with black lichen/powder to lower their albedo. But we couldn't resist posting this awesome illustration of (hopefully robotic) Starman riding on a nuclear warhead towards Mars by Peter DeLuce 😈 More of his art here.

Elon Musk Starman Nuke Mars by Peter DeLuce

Friday, August 23, 2019

Speculations on SpaceX's Starship new fin configuration

Seeing most recent hardware delivered at SpaceX's Boca Chica launch facility in South Texas, where the Starship Mk 1 prototype is being built, Reddit user u/ModeHopper has done some pretty impressive pixel-counting & calculations, speculating that the new hardware is Starship's rear fin or its part. And William Falconer-Beach has already made some renders with several possible configurations of the new fins. More of his Starship renders here.

Speculation on SpaceX Starship new fin configuration

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mars base paintings by Romek Delimata

Here are several digital concept paintings of a human base on Mars by British film artist Romek Delimata, who has worked for such well-known movies / TV series as Interstellar, First Man, Westworld, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, Behind Enemy Lines etc. These images were made for The Last Days on Mars (2013) - a zombie virus horror thriller set on Mars.

Mars base painting by Romek Delimata
Mars base at night:
Mars base at night by Romek Delimata
Mars base interior:
Mars base interior by Romek Delimata
Another version with different configuration and a rover parked next to the base:
Mars base painting by Romek Delimata

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mars city clouded in a sandstorm

Picture of the Day 19/8/2019 - Mars city clouded in a sandstorm; an image of ArcCorp Area 18 cityscape from upcoming massively multiplayer online (MMO) game Star Citizen funded by an unprecedented crowdfunding campaign of over $200 million on Kickstarter. The game is released by modules and is playable for several years now in alpha stage.

Mars city in a sandstorm (Star Citizen MMO game)

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Speculative internal layout of SpaceX Starship by Michel Lamontagne

In the result of a discussion on NASASpaceFlight.com forum about possible internal layout of SpaceX's first crewed Starship bound for Mars Canadian design engineer Michel Lamontagne (on the forum known as lamontagne) has came up with graphics of his version for Starship's possible internal layout. More of his spaceship renderings here.

Speculative interior schematics of SpaceX Starship by Michel Lamontagne
Observation / galley deck:
Speculative interior graphics of SpaceX Starship observation deck by Michel Lamontagne

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Mars colony bored into a mountain from season 4 teaser of The Expanse

Two weeks ago came out the first season 4 teaser for The Expanse TV series - a political sci-fi detective set a few centuries in the future where humans have colonized the entire Solar system; Mars is one of three competing forces in the universe of The Expanse. There are two three short scenes on Mars in the teaser.
Human colony bored into a Martian mountain:
Mars colony bored into a mountain from season 4 teaser of The Expanse
Shuttle over colonized Mars:
Shutle over Mars from season 4 teaser of The Expanse
Earth's leader Avasarala in Martian tunnel:
Avasarala in Martian tunnel from season 4 teaser of The Expanse

HD images of Mars from season 2 of The Expanse TV series here


Monday, August 12, 2019

Domed park with central waterfall on Mars

Design of what could be a domed park with central, artificial waterfall and public space on Mars by Safdie Architects. These are design images for 1.3 billion $ Jewel Changi Airport project opened on April 2019 in Singapore. The Jewel is a connector hub for Singapore's Changi Airport terminals, designed in shape of glass & steel torus dome with world's tallest indoor waterfall in the center and multi-level marketplace & public space hidden inside gardens on the terraces and in canyons around it.

Domed park with central waterfall on Mars by Safdie Architects - a design for Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore
Shops and restaurants are well hidden inside gardens:
Domed park with central waterfall on Mars by Safdie Architects - a design for Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore

Domed park with central waterfall on Mars by Safdie Architects - a design for Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Early human base on Mars by Ronan Le Fur (Dofresh)

Picture of the Day 10/8/2019 - Astronaut observing early human base on Mars by French concept artist and illustrator Ronan Le Fur (known as Dofresh). More of his art here.

Early human base on Mars by Ronan Le Fur (Dofresh)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Cutaway diagram of SpaceX Starship

SpaceX Starship cutaway diagram
Unofficial cutaway diagram (in German, look for text translation in English here) of SpaceX's Starship by German illustrator Julian Schindler. More of his art here. Starship & Super Heavy is a fully reusable two-stage super heavy-lift launch vehicle and spacecraft currently developed by leading NewSpace company SpaceX. On August 24 mid-September SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk will make a presentation of the current status of Starship development.

SpaceX Starship cutaway diagram by Julian Schindler

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

SpaceX stainless steel Starship prototype by Owen Egan

Concept render of SpaceX's stainless steel Starship prototype by British graphic designer Owen Egan (known on NASASpaceFlight.com forum as "tea monster"). More of his art here.

SpaceX has already built the first prototype Starship test vehicle (Starhopper) without any nose cone at its Boca Chica launch facility in South Texas, mated it with a single Raptor engine and conducted several hop test. Starhopper lifted up for about 20 meters in the last test. Simultaneously SpaceX is already building two next generation test vehicles – Starship Mk 1 in Boca Chica and Starship Mk 2 in Cocoa, Florida. Mk 1 will fly up to an altitude of 20 kilometers in a few months.

SpaceX stainless steel Starship prototype by Owen Egan

Monday, August 5, 2019

Leaving the cradle - incredible trailer of TerraGenesis

The latest trailer of TerraGenesis mobile game made by famous YouTuber MelodySheep is just stunning, reminding the vibes of The Expanse TV series. TerraGenesis is a popular mobile terraforming simulator game where you can establish a colony and gradually terraform other planetary bodies in Solar System.



Here are some images from the trailer:

Terraformed Mars in TerraGenesis game

Mars colony in TerraGenesis game

Human colony on terraformed Mars in TerraGenesis game

Mars globe with city lights in TerraGenesis game

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mission to Phobos by Ludovic Celle

Picture of the Day 30/7/2019 - Spacecraft approaching the largest and closest of the two [asteroid size] Martian moons - Phobos - by French graphic artist Ludovic Celle. More of his Mars art here.

Mission to Phobos by Ludovic Celle

Friday, July 26, 2019

Next phase of SpaceX Starship test program - sketch by Colin Doublier

Last night SpaceX's Starship test vehicle - the Starhopper - performed its first untethered hop about 20m high. In 2 weeks Starhopper will perform a much higher hop of about 200m, but in a few months the Starship test program will move to the next phase - flights as high as 20 km. For it SpaceX is already simultaneously building two Starship prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas and Cocoa, Florida - Starship Mk 1 & Starship Mk 2 respectively. Those prototypes initially will have three Raptor engines (Starhopper has only one).

Here is a sketch of Starship Mk 1 lifting up by French urban artist Colin Doublier. More of his art here.

SpaceX Starship Mk 1 lifting up - sketch by Colin Doublier

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hydroponic greenhouse in Lunar colony by Erik van Helvoirt

Continuing our Lunar week, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon landing, here is an artwork of a hydroponic greenhouse in Lunar colony by Dutch concept artist Erik van Helvoirt. More of his art here.

Hydroponic greenhouse in Lunar colony by Erik van Helvoirt

Saturday, July 20, 2019

60 year challenge for humanity: 1969 - Moon, 2029 - Mars

Today 50 years ago first humans - 2 out of 3 Apollo 11 crew members Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin - landed on the Moon. But since then the advancement of human space exploration has been slow. It changed only in recent years with the rise of private space companies, especially SpaceX with its determined focus on rocket reusability and colonization of Mars. Now we have a real chance to land first humans on Mars as soon as 10 years from now, maybe even sooner.

60 year challenge for humanity: 1969 - Moon, 2029 - Mars

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