Showing posts with label Valles Marineris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valles Marineris. Show all posts

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

Friday, June 29, 2018

Boy on Mars messaging his dad (image from The Expanse season 3)

Picture of the Day 29/6/2018 - Alex receiving a video message from his son on Mars - image from episode 6, season 3 of The Expanse sci-fi TV series. Images of Mars from season 2 of the series here.

Boy on Mars messaging his dad - image from The Expanse TV series

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Terraformed Green Mars by Ludovic Celle

Picture of the Day 4/10/2017 - Terraformed Green Mars by French graphic artist Ludovic Celle. More of his Mars art here.
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Terraformed Green Mars wallpaper by Ludovic Celle

Saturday, May 27, 2017

HD images of Mars from "The Expanse" TV series

Mars is one of two competing superpowers in the universe of The Expanse TV series (a political sci-fi detective set a few centuries in the future where humans has colonized the entire Solar system) but only a few scenes are actually set on Mars in the series. Here are some HD images from those few scenes in season 2 (open link in new tab to view in full resolution):

Valles Marineris - Mars image from The ExpanseMartian orbit - Mars image from The Expanse

Martian soldier - Mars image from The ExpanseSoldier in a canyon - Mars image from The Expanse

Terraforming Red Mars - image from The ExpanseTerraformed Blue Mars - image from The Expanse

Mars colony - image from The ExpanseValles Marineris - Mars image from The Expanse

Colonized independent Mars - image from The ExpanseMars as Earth's colony 137 years ago - image from The Expanse

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mars lander over Valles Marineris by William Black

Picture of the Day 12/9/15 - A spacecraft entering Mars atmosphere over Valles Marineris by William Black.
More of his space concept art here.
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Mars lander over Valles Marineris by William Black

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mars movie review - Stranded (2001)

Stranded movie Mars
Stranded (original title in Spanish: Náufragos) is a 2001 low budget Spanish movie about struggle for survival of 5 astronauts stranded on Mars. Not all of them survive till the end.

Story


The movie starts with Mars landing craft crashing on the surface of the planet along with 6 astronauts. The captain of the crew is dead and the remaining 5 are trying to figure out how to survive till the rescue mission could hopefully arrive 26 months later. The resources of food, water, oxygen and energy is limited and the only "solution" seems to be to let survive only 2 of them. So the 3 "expendable" ones are going for a "walk". They reach the edge of the Valles Marineris and descend down. When only 2 of them are left they discover a cave which unexpectedly turn into ancient Martian tunnels with oxygen in them. An unfortunate step into "wrong" tunnel kills 1 of 2 remaining ones. The last surviving women discovers the dead bodies of local Martians and their somehow pressurized (with no visible roof) oasis / ghost town into the depths of Valles Marineris. So she calls the other 2 which had stayed in the landing craft to come and join her. Hopefully they will survive till the rescue comes.

Verdict: 5/10


If the best Mars movie - Total Recall - would be about 1 point short of being "the ideal Mars movie", Stranded is 4 more points bellow that level because of these huge drawbacks:
  • the movie is low budget and it definitely feels like being low budget;
  • the acting is very poor. You don't get the feeling that characters are actual top-level astronauts/scientists which had been carefully chosen to be the first humans on Mars. Dialogues are clumsy and, despite the movie being quite depressive, the actors don't believably act as being hopelessly stranded millions of miles from Earth with possible rescue coming only years away at best.
Despite that, the concept of the movie is quite interesting (unlike some recent Mars-zombie movies like The last days on Mars with a bigger budget) and Stranded is worth watching for Mars fans.

Here you can watch the trailer of the movie:


My reviews of other movies set on Mars:

Friday, April 4, 2014

Astronauts exploring Valles Marineris by Grafik

Picture of the Day 4/4/14 - "Valles Marineris" by Portuguese fantasy artist Grafik (Tiago da Silva). More of his work (no more Mars though) at grafik.deviantart.com
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Astronauts exploring Valles Marineris by Grafik