Mind-blowing artistic rendering of Mars [29 Pics]

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Holden Crater southern ridge
Spiky rocks hide the sun which light up the starshape thin clouds. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

 Mind blowing artistic rendering of Mars [29 Pics]


Introduction

The outstanding digital rendering techniques of the Dutchman Kees Veenenbos have been featured in National Geographic and on NASA pages . The images he rendered are made with a landscape program called Terragen. He has worked with this program already since 1999 in different versions. Most are made with digital elevation models of NASA, from different satellites like the Mars Global Surveyor for example.

He made a lot of images for National Geographic, Mars images, but also of good old Earth and other planets in the solar system and even extra solar planets.

We have put together a collection of his fantastic made images of recent and ancient Mars (with water and ice). All artwork are copyright Kees Veenenbos and we have been give special permission to use them for this article. The originals can all be found on his website: www.space4case.com (all data originate from NASA). [29 pictures]

Hint: Use “J” and “K” keys (after the page finish loading) to navigate from picture to picture.

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Gusev Crater ancient view on Planet Mars

Landing site of the Spirit MER2003 rover. A ancient view after a duststorm. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Valles Mariners

The Valles Marineris in the aftermath of a dust storm as seen from the Coprates Chasma (in front). Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Mars Noachian period

Mars about 4 billion years ago. The Vastitas Bolearis filled with water, the large lake at the bottom right is the Meridiani. The Opportunity Rover found evidence of such an inner sea. Made for National Geo. July 2005 issue. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Agyre Planitia

Concept for National Geographic: Mars during the period of loosing it’s water some billion years ago. Salty deposits, cracks in the mud, forming of hematite, dust devils and falling meteors. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Maraldi Crater on an icy Mars

Made for the cover of National Geographic Magazine January 2004 issue. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Chryse South

Ancient watery view of the Chryse south region, outflows of the Ares Valles and Valles Marineris. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Mars Northpole and Vastitas Borealis

The Northpole (left) and the the Vastitas Borealis. The large crater at the top is the Korolev Crater 85 km (53 mi) in diameter. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Cave at the northern ridge of the Gale Crater on Mars

View form a cave at the north ridge Gale Crater. The cone of the Gale Crater at the left. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Elysium Mons sunrise

An image made for the Madrid Planetarium exhibition about Mars. At left the Hecates Tholus and at the right the Albor Thorus. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Spirit Rover site

Gusev Crater Homeplate (Husband Hiil at the Backround). Ancient Mars, fumerols, seidmentary hot water deposits. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Mars during an ice age

Made for National Geographic Magazine. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Olympus Mons sunrise

Misty sunrise at the Tharsis. The volcano Olympus Mons seen from the Lycus Sulci. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Valles Marineris

A misty morning at the slopes of one of the eroded mountains in the Valles Marineris. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Schiaparelli Crater

With a low sun the light even doesn’t reach the western ridge. The Schiaparelli Crater is 450 kilometers (280 miles) in diameter. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Orcus Patera at sunset

The Orcus Patera, an extreme oval crater caused by a meteorite that just grazed Mars. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Gale Crater southern ridge

Strange cloud above a gulley leading to the Gale Crater. The cone of the crater can be spotted just below the sun. View NE. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: The Gale Crater

Sunset at the Terra Cimeria. The Gale Crater as seen from the Aeolis Mensae. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Spirit Rover site

Gusev Crater Homeplate
Noachian period. Another concept with more water and fumerols. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Melas Chasma at sunrise

Mars Exploration Rover Landing site. Nr. 2 Melas Chasma. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Mars today

This image was printed together with the Noachian Mars image (below) for the July 2005 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Mars terraformed – Kasei Valles

The Kasei Valles and the Chryse Planitia. Outlet of Valles Marineris at the bottom. With nebulae and starry backround. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Phoenix Landingsite

At the right the ridge of the Heimdall Crater. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Northpole and Vastitas Borealis

At left one of the larger craters that have a name: the Korolev Crater (about 85 km (53 mi) in diameter ). Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Ius Chasma (Valles Marineris)

Ius Chasma (western valley in the Valles Marineris) with dusty atmosphere and mist in the lower parts of the valley. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Tharsis Montes

Arsia Mons, Pavonis Mons and Ascraeus Mons. View is southwest to northeast. At the left Biblis Patera (left) and Ulysses Patera. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Olympus Mons – ancient

Olympus Mons some 4 billion years ago. With water and a denser atmosphere. Made for a Madrid Planetarium exhibition. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Arsia Mons

Arsia Mons rises over 20 km above the surrounding plains, is 450 km and the caldera  over 120 km in diameter. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

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Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Tharsis Tholus

The Tharsis Tholus during a sand storm seen ‘upside down’.  The volcanoes of the Tharsis Montes peeking above the sand storm. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com




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4 Responses to Mind-blowing artistic rendering of Mars [29 Pics]

  1. Danny May 18, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    I wonder how close the artist is to what this planet looks like now and what it could have been in the past…those images could easily qualify for modern/classic art.

  2. Chris June 12, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    This really makes me wonder, if Earth, now, is possibly what Mars was once like. But Mars turned into what it is now, and Earth will be soon to follow. Everything lost, just sand. I really wonder if there is a situation just like Earth happening right now just somewhere so far away… This whole mystery is so intriguing.

    THESE PICTURES ARE AWESOME

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