Saturday, August 8, 2020

SpaceX Starship fleet landing on Mars - video animation by Roger Bootsma

Video animation with SpaceX's Starship fleet consisting of one crew Starship and four cargo Starships landing on Mars by Austrian 3D environment artist Roger Bootsma. More of his art here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

SpaceX Starship SN5 150m hop

On August 4, 2020 SpaceX's prototype Starship SN5 successfully performed 150 meter hop with one Raptor Engine at SpaceX's launch site in Boca Chica, Texas.

Starship Super Heavy is a fully reusable two-stage super heavy-lift launch vehicle and spacecraft currently developed by leading New Space company SpaceX.

Space illustrator Tony Bela captured the path of the flight in the sky from LabPadre's Sapphire Cam:
Flight path of SpaceX's Starship SN5 150m hop by Tony Bela

Thursday, July 30, 2020

NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launch

Today, July 30, at 7:50 AM (EDT) NASA will launch its next generation Mars 2020 Perseverance rover to Mars. The rover will land on Mars on February 18, 2021 in Jazero Crater (Western Isidis Planitia) to collect samples for later retrieval; the rover will be accompanied by a small reconnaissance drone-helicopter Ingenuity.
Here you can watch NASA's livestream of the launch:

The Perseverance is a twin rover of the Curiosity rover (working on Mars since 2012) with some upgrades:
NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance vs Curiosity - infographic
Overview of the Perseverance scientific instruments:
NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover - infographic

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

SpaceX Starship fleet orbiting Earth by Dale Rutherford

Picture of the Day 29/7/2020 - SpaceX's Starship fleet consisting of several crew and cargo Starships orbiting Earth and preparing to depart for Mars by Scottish photographer & designer Dale Rutherford. More of his art here.

SpaceX's Starship fleet orbiting Earth by Dale Rutherford

Thursday, July 16, 2020

How SpaceX Mars Colony could look like in a few decades

Polish 3D artist Andrzej Pawelec has created his concept how SpaceX's Mars Colony could look like in a few decades with thousands of inhabitants. Here is detailed animation and drawings of his concept:



SpaceX's Mars Colony concept by Andrzej Pawelec

SpaceX's Mars Colony concept by Andrzej Pawelec

Monday, July 13, 2020

Cutaway diagram of SpaceX Lunar Starship

Unofficial cutaway diagram of SpaceX's Lunar Starship interior by Rocket Posters. The Lunar Starship is lunar optimized version (for NASA's Artemis program) of the fully reusable super heavy-lift spacecraft - Starship - currently developed by leading NewSpace company SpaceX.

SpaceX's Lunar Starship cutaway diagram by Rocket Posters

SpaceX's Lunar Starship cutaway diagram by Rocket Posters

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

NASA astronaut on Mars

Illustration of an astronaut on Mars, as viewed through the window of a spacecraft, by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's visual strategist Joby Harris. More of his art here.

Illustration of NASA's astronaut on Mars by Joby Harris

Monday, June 29, 2020

SpaceX orbital station above terraformed Mars by Encho Enchev

Picture of the Day 29/6/2020 - Concept art for SpaceX's orbital station above partly terraformed Mars by Encho Enchev from Ubisoft. More of his concept art here.

SpaceX orbital station above terraformed Mars by Encho Enchev

Monday, June 22, 2020

SpaceX Starships at Mars Base Alpha by Konstantin Ermolaev

CG creator Konstantin Ermolaev has created his vision of SpaceX's early Mars Base Alpha in a Martian crater. Here are several of his renders with three Starships landed at the base. More of his art here.

SpaceX Starships at Mars Base Alpha by Konstantin Ermolaev

SpaceX Starships at Mars Base Alpha by Konstantin Ermolaev

Monday, June 15, 2020

Monday, June 8, 2020

Morning at a futuristic city on Mars by Christian Hecker

Picture of the Day 8/6/2020 - wallpaper with a woman waking up in the morning at a futuristic city on terraformed Mars by German digital artist Christian Hecker. More of his art here.
(Open link in new tab to view ⇩ in HD wallpaper resolution)
Futuristic city on terraformed Mars by Christian Hecker

Monday, June 1, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020

SpaceX Red Dragon entering Mars' atmosphere by Chris Monson

Vision of SpaceX's Dragon 2 capsule entering Mars' atmosphere (if Red Dragon missions launched by Falcon Heavy hadn't been cancelled and replaced by much more powerful Starship mission architecture) by computer designer Chris Monson. More of his art here.

SpaceX Red Dragon entering Mars' atmosphere by Chris Monson

Saturday, May 16, 2020

SpaceX 18m Starship vs 12m Starship (ITS) vs 9m Starship

Three sizes of SpaceX's Starship side by side by Scottish photographer & designer Dale Rutherford:
  • 18m diameter Starship hinted by Elon Musk as the possible next generation Starship (in artist's vision it's not supposed to land on planets so no fins and legs);
  • 12m diameter Starship version (ITS) presented in 2016;
  • 9m diameter current Starship design.

SpaceX 18m Starship vs 12m Starship (ITS) vs 9m Starship by Dale Rutherford

SpaceX 18m Starship vs 12m Starship (ITS) vs 9m Starship (top view) by Dale Rutherford

Friday, May 15, 2020

Elon Musk with his youngest son X Æ A-12 at Mars Base Alpha

“Dad, what was it like to be confined indoors?”
“It doesn't matter son, now we have the whole universe to ourselves”

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk with his youngest son X Æ A-12 at Mars Base Alpha by Indian space artist Eashan Misra in collaboration with Eli Burton, known as Real Life Starman. Note the Tesla Supercharger station on the left side.

Elon Musk with his youngest son X Æ A-12 at Mars Base Alpha by Eashan Misra

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Boarding SpaceX Starship by Roger Bootsma

Video animation of a boarding walkway to SpaceX's Starship by Austrian 3D environment artist Roger Bootsma. More of his art here.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Martian colonies in Babylon 5 TV series

Babylon 5 (1994-1998) was a popular sci-fi TV show in mid-1990s. Mars is one of the secondary locations in the show coming into spotlight in the second half of season 4. In the universe of Babylon 5 the rapid colonization and terraformation of Mars starts in mid-22nd century with only limited scientific missions before that. As in almost all fiction about colonization of Mars, eventually there rises a rebellion against Earth's control with an aim for Martian independence. There are around 2 million inhabitants on Mars at the time of events depicted in the show. You can read about Mars in the universe of Babylon 5 here.

Babylon 5 was one of the first TV shows / movies heavily utilizing CGI to depict the exteriors of a human colony on Mars. At the time most filmmakers used miniature sets for that purpose, as in the famous Total Recall (1990). Here is an ultimate collection of CGI scenes set on Mars in Babylon 5; you won't find more comprehensive such collection anywhere in the internet. Take into account the CGI scenes were done in mid-1990s with very limited graphics processing power so the resolution is low.

Mars in Babylon 5 - Mars Dome One in Syria Planum

Mars in Babylon 5 - Mars Dome One interior

Mars in Babylon 5 - Martian colony in Syria Planum

Thursday, April 30, 2020

NASA selects SpaceX's lunar optimized Starship for Artemis program

Today NASA announced that three US companies - SpaceX, Blue Origin & Dynetics - will develop the human landers that will land astronauts on the Moon beginning in 2024 as part of the Artemis program. And SpaceX shared some renders of the "lunar optimized Starship" which is developed "to transport crew between lunar orbit and the surface of the Moon". SpaceX added that "a lunar optimized Starship can fly many times between the surface of the Moon and lunar orbit without flaps or heat shielding required for Earth return. With large habitable and storage volume, Starship is capable of delivering significant amounts of cargo for research and to support robust operations on the lunar surface to enable a sustainable Moon base."

SpaceX lunar optimized Starship selected by NASA for Artemis program

SpaceX lunar optimized Starship landing on the Moon

Monday, April 27, 2020

Starman brings life to Mars

Starman brings life to Mars - inspiring cosplay photo of SpaceX's Starman holding a seedling in pressurized glass cloche at a location similar to Martian terrain by Eli Burton, known as Real Life Starman.

SpaceX Starman brings life to Mars by RealLifeStarman

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Savanna in a greenhouse on Mars by Casey Richards

Picture of the Day 25/4/2020 - wildlife of African savanna in a spacious greenhouse on Mars by South African illustrator Casey Richards. More of her art here.

Savanna in a greenhouse on Mars by Casey Richards

Sunday, April 19, 2020

SpaceX Super Heavy landing burn by Roger Bootsma

Picture of the Day 19/4/2020 - Landing burn of SpaceX's Super Heavy (the booster stage of the Starship) by Austrian 3D environment artist Roger Bootsma. More of his art here.

SpaceX Starship Super Heavy booster landing burn by Roger Bootsma

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Family on Mars by Patrick Leger

Picture of the Day 14/4/2020 - retro style illustration with family exploring surroundings of a Mars colony by American illustrator Patrick Leger. Note the boy pointing at blue Earth in the Martian sky :) More of Leger's art here.

Family on Mars by Patrick Leger

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

NASA astronaut on Mars by James Vaughan

Two variants of a scene with NASA's astronaut on Mars by photographer and concept artist James Vaughan - one with a small human base in the background and the second in front of an exploration rover. More of Vaughan's aerospace and defense concept art here.

NASA astronaut on Mars by James Vaughan

NASA astronaut in front of rover on Mars by James Vaughan

Monday, April 6, 2020

SpaceX Starship fleet leaving Earth by Roger Bootsma

Video animation with SpaceX's fleet of 100 Starships leaving Earth's orbit to colonize Mars by Austrian 3D environment artist Roger Bootsma. More of his art here.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Mars base exteriors from Doom (2005) movie

"Doom" is a 2005 sci-fi horror action movie loosely based on the Doom video game series. In the movie, set in mid-21st century, a group of marines are sent on a rescue mission to a research facility on Mars, where they encounter genetically engineered violent creatures with superhuman abilities. Exterior of the Martian research facility is shown only in a few split-seconds in the movie and here are images from those rare moments:

Mars base exterior from Doom movie

Mars globe from Doom movie

Archaeological dig site on Mars from Doom movie

Mars base exterior from Doom movie

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Animation envisioning first human mission to Mars

Images and video animation envisioning first human mission to Mars created by Taylor James design studio for a health care campaign "Destination Survival" by Sudler & Hennessey London.

Astronaut in front of Martian lander by Taylor James studio


Astronauts exploring Mars by Taylor James studio

Mars ascent vehicle launch by Taylor James studio

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Every iteration of SpaceX Starship from 2016 to 2019

Finnish 3D artist Kimi Talvitie has created a side by side comparison of every iteration of SpaceX's Starship from its unveiling in September 2016 to the latest design presented on September 2019. More of Kimi's art here.
  1. 12m diameter carbon fiber Interplanetary Transport System (September 2016)
  2. 9m diameter carbon fiber Big Falcon Rocket (September 2017)
  3. 9m diameter carbon fiber TinTin-style Big Falcon Rocket (September 2018)
  4. 9m diameter stainless steel TinTin-style Starship (December 2018)
  5. 9m diameter stainless steel Starship (September 2019)
SpaceX Starship evolution 2016-2019 by Kimi Talvitie

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Mars colony illustrations by Luis Peres

Nice illustrations of a human colony on Mars by Portuguese fantasy artist Luis Peres for "Generation Mars: Book One - Scratching the Surface" by Douglas Meredith. The goal of this book (published on August 2019) and its upcoming series is to provide younger readers with more serious and realistic science fiction that still tackles the main “what if” quality of the genre. It gives a glimpse into what life on Mars might be like for kids just like them.

The main character, Cas, is the first human child ever born on Mars. Martian kids are living what is, to them, ordinary lives in their underground colony, but for the first time they will be allowed to see and explore the surface of their homeworld. The details of the habitat, its life-support systems, and surface suits are rooted in realistic science and technology, with further details explained in a postscript to the book. Future books of the series will address fundamental issues of survival on Mars: air, shelter, water, food, etc.

Mars Colony by Luis Peres - book cover art for Generation Mars - Scratching the Surface

Mars Colony by Luis Peres - book cover art for Generation Mars - Scratching the Surface

Sunday, January 26, 2020

SpaceX Starship landing on the Moon - video animation by Hazegrayart

Video animation of SpaceX's Starship traveling to and landing on the Moon by HazeGrayArt who is known for his superb animations of both real and paper rockets, spacecraft and aircraft on his YouTube channel. He has also made animations of the previous iterations of Starship - Tintin-style BFR v2018 and delta-winged BFR v2017 - landing on Mars; and BFR v2017 landing on the Moon.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Mars base concept art for Ad Astra by Jonathan Bach

Concept art of the Martian base in Ad Astra (2019) movie by American film concept artist Jonathan Bach. More of his art here.

Mars base concept art for Ad Astra movie by Jonathan Bach

Mars base concept art for Ad Astra movie by Jonathan Bach
Ground level view of the base:
Mars base concept art for Ad Astra movie by Jonathan Bach (ground level view)

Monday, January 20, 2020

Small garden under a geodesic dome on Mars

Picture of the Day 20/1/2020 - small patch of grass with a pond and a cabin under geodesic dome on Mars from Instagram profile @blender_every_weekday.

Small garden under a geodesic dome on Mars