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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mars rover concept by Jort van Welbergen

Picture of the Day 31/3/2019 - Mars rover concept by Dutch concept designer Jort van Welbergen for upcoming massively multiplayer online (MMO) game Star Citizen. More of his concept art here.

Mars rover concept by Jort van Welbergen for Star Citizen MMO game

Monday, March 11, 2019

China's Mars Camp in Qaidam Basin, Qinghai Province

On March 1, 2019 China opened its 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