Showing posts with label Mars Exploration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mars Exploration. Show all posts

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

Retro style Mars rover by David A. Hardy

Picture of the Day 11/1/2019 - a small ATV type, retro style Mars rover in front of NASA's lander (1981) by classical space artist David A. Hardy. More of his Mars art here.

Retro style Mars rover by David A. Hardy

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Ice deposit in Korolev crater

Water ice deposit in Korolev crater at the northern polar plain on Mars. This recent image is taken by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express orbiter. Korolev crater is 81 kilometers (51 miles) in diameter and naturally traps the cold air in it continuously replenishing the ice deposit with fresh layers of ice. The ice sheet is up to 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles) thick and it is estimated the crater holds about 2200 cubic kilometers (530 cubic miles) of water ice.
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Water ice deposit in Korolev crater on Mars

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

NASA's InSight lander on Mars by Charlie Burgess

Yesterday NASA's InSight lander successfully landed on Mars at Elysium Planitia; to celebrate the landing British digital artist Charlie Burgess has created this picture of the probe. More of his art here.
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NASA's InSight lander on Mars by Charlie Burgess

Friday, November 23, 2018

Mars transport by Pablo Palomeque

Picture of the Day 23/11/2018 - Mars transport vehicle by Argentinian concept artist Pablo Palomeque. More of his art here.
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Mars transport vehicle by Pablo Palomeque

Monday, November 5, 2018

Basejumping in Valles Marineris by Quentin Gautier

Picture of the Day 5/11/2018 - astronauts basejumping in Valles Marineris on Mars by Canadian concept artist Quentin Gautier. More of his art here.
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Basejumping in Valles Marineris on Mars by Quentin Gautier

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Elongated cloud on Mars at Arsia Mons

On September 13 European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express orbiter spotted an elongated cloud on Mars near the Arsia Mons - a dormant shield volcano 12 miles high. The cloud stretches for about 930 miles (1500 kilometers) and hasn't dissolved for over a month. That's nothing extraordinary - similar clouds has been spotted on Mars in 2009, 2012 and 2015 at winter season. The giant Martian volcanoes, rising high into the atmosphere, are playing a role into creation of those kind of clouds.

Elongated cloud on Mars at Arsia Mons

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Traveling Starman on Mars by Peter DeLuce

Picture of the Day 26/9/2018 - SpaceX's Starman on Mars with his Tesla Roadster and three Big Falcon Ships in the background - digital painting created by illustrator Peter DeLuce. More of his art here.

SpaceX Starman on Mars with his Tesla Roadster and Big Falcon Ships in the background

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Olympus Mons erupting

Picture of the Day 6/9/2018 - Eruption of the Olympus Mons on Mars seen by an astronaut; created by Reddit user Jason251.
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Eruption of the Olympus Mons on Mars seen by an astronaut

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Retro Mars rover illustration by Jack Coggins

Picture of the Day 4/9/2018 - Retro Mars rover illustration by Jack Coggins from "Rockets, Satellites, and Space Travel" book (1958).

Retro Mars rover illustration by Jack Coggins

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mars exploration rover by Alexandra Hodgson

Picture of the Day 19/7/2018 - Mars exploration rover by Canadian illustrator Alexandra Hodgson. More of her concept art here.
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Mars exploration rover by Alexandra Hodgson

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Vintage poster "Expedition Mars" by Kip Ayers

Vintage style poster "Expedition Mars" featuring a family exploring Martian landscapes by freelance illustrator Kip Ayers.
More of his illustrations here.

Vintage poster Expedition Mars by Kip Ayers

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Marines on Mars - images from Space: Above and Beyond (1995) TV series

Space: Above and Beyond (1995-1996) is a one season sci-fi TV show set in the years 2063-2064 and depicting humanity's fight against an alien race attacking the first extra-solar human colony. The show focuses on a squadron of US Marine Corps space cavalry. A small part in the first episode takes place on Mars and here are some images from that part:

Marines on Mars - image from Space: Above and Beyond TV seriesMarines on Mars - image from Space: Above and Beyond TV series

Spaceship arriving to Mars - image from Space: Above and Beyond TV seriesMarines on Mars - image from Space: Above and Beyond TV series

Marines on Mars - image from Space: Above and Beyond TV seriesMarines on Mars - image from Space: Above and Beyond TV series

Marines on Mars - image from Space: Above and Beyond TV seriesMarines on Mars - image from Space: Above and Beyond TV series

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

SpaceX BFR spaceship on Mars at evening

Picture of the Day 6/6/2018 - SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship (BFS) on Mars at evening; fan vision by Instagram user astro_kerman from Kerbal Space Program rocket simulation game with Tundra Exploration Mod.

SpaceX BFR spaceship on Mars at dawn

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Astronaut exploring Mars in a sandstorm by Thomas Peters

Picture of the Day 31/5/2018 - Astronaut exploring Mars in a sandstorm by graphic designer and illustrator Thomas Peters (Drell-7). More of his space art here.
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Astronaut exploring Mars in a sandstorm by Thomas Peters