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

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Mars base by Dotted Yeti

Picture of the Day 21/4/2020 - small modular human base on Mars by Dotted Yeti.

Mars base by Dotted Yeti

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