Monday, August 31, 2015

Interspace Mars colony

Picture of the Day 31/8/15 - A drawing of a Mars colony from the website of "Interspace" - a Mars-themed attraction park in Titusville, Florida (near Kennedy Space Center) which will hopefully open in 2016 and house "the largest indoor Mars simulation in the world". It's one of the entertainment & education projects of 4Frontiers Corporation, a space commerce company focused on the settlement of Mars.

Interspace Mars colony

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Terraformed Mars by Ville Ericsson

Picture of the Day 29/8/15 - A shuttle flying over terraformed Mars by Swedish concept artist Ville Ericsson. More of his fantasy art here.

Terraformed Mars

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mars colony by Adam Bujorian

Picture of the Day 19/6/15 - Mars colony above the edge of a canyon by fantasy artist Adam Bujorian. More of his art here.

Mars colony by Adam Bujorian

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Awesome movie trailers of The Martian [updated]

The Martian movie poster
My first thoughts - Awesome! If the movie will be as good as the trailers The Martian will become the BEST MARS MOVIE EVER, overthrowing Total Recall from that throne. The Martian will hit theaters mostly on early October 2015 (see full list of release dates here).

The Martian is based on the novel by Andy Weir and is directed by Ridley Scott (known for Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Prometheus and countless other movies). Plot in brief: "During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return."

More stuff from The Martian:  ►Concept art  ►HD images  ►Quotes

Update: The 2nd "official trailer" of The Martian released on 19 August:

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mars glider by David A. Hardy

Picture of the Day 6/6/15 - A solar powered glider flying over a Mars canyon by classical space artist David A. Hardy.
More of his Mars art here.

Mars glider by David A. Hardy

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

5 spacecraft currently orbiting Mars

In a recent article "Traffic around Mars gets busy" the NASA/JPL summed up some facts about spacecraft currently orbiting Mars. The most interesting is the provided graphic of their orbits around Mars (together with planet's two natural satellites Phobos & Deimos):

Mars orbiters

So there are 5 active Mars orbiters currently orbiting the planet:

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Take off from Mars by Pat Rawlings

Picture of the Day 25/4/15 - Spaceship taking off from Mars (1990) by space illustrator Pat Rawlings. His description about this drawing you can read here.

Spaceship leaving Mars by Pat Rawlings