• Mind-blowing artistic rendering of Mars [29 Pics]

    Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Holden Crater

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


    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: (all data originate from NASA). [29 pictures]

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  • Colorful Planet Mars -A barren but still exciting landscape [43 Pics]

    Colorful planet Mars: Exposure of Thick Layered Deposits in Hebes Chasma

    Exposure of Thick Layered Deposits in Hebes Chasma
    Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona


    The following photos of Planet Mars shatters the idea of an all “red” planet. Mars also has many many hidden, very colorful treasures. The landscape shown is like a post apocalyptic Earth. Or perhaps more what our own planet would look like if we removed almost all life. Nevertheless the Mars landscape is breathtaking and make me daydream of what it would be to build a new civilisation on Mars – starting from scratch. That would be something…

    HiRISE is the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The spacecraft is currently orbiting Mars approximately 13 times an (Earth) day. The Primary Science Phase (the main “mapping” phase of the mission) officially started on November 8, 2006, and lasted for two (Earth) years. Extended Science Phase(s) (ESP) are expected to continue as long as the spacecraft and camera remain healthy.

    HiROC (the HiRISE Operations Center) is where the day-to-day action takes place. Images are planned, the camera is commanded, data is downlinked, processed, and distributed. They’re located at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.
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