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]
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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
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