After successfully landing its Perseverance Rover on Mars, NASA has released video of the descent and touchdown of the vehicle on the planet’s surface. Cameras were mounted on the rover, the descent stage, and the protective aeroshell, capturing views of the planet below, upward towards the spacecraft and the rover’s parachute.
Watchmaker UNDONE teamed up with Looney Tunes to create a pair of watches inspired by the cartoon classic Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century. The black PVD-coated stainless steel watches feature half-x-ray images of the eponymous duck, along with fan-favorite Marvin the Martian. Each watch is limited to just 150 pieces.
The Mars Curiosity Rover has been roaming the surface of Mars since 2012. Using AI tech, Curiosityandbeyond upscaled and colorized a series of images captured by the rover over the course of a year. We can’t wait to see what kind of images and data the Perseverence Rover sends home after it lands in early 2021.
Filmmaker Seán Doran poured through mountains of images and data captured by the HiRISE camera system on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to create this incredibly detailed black-and-white rendering of the planet’s surface, showing off details of Mars’ cratered and rocky surface like we’ve never seen it before.
At the end of November 2019, NASA’s Curiosity rover captured a series of over 1,000 images which were used to create its highest-resolution panorama of Mars yet. The telephoto version without the rover in the image has over 1.8 Billion pixels for you to zoom in on, while the medium angle one with the rover has 650 million pixels.
Traveling to and colonizing Mars seems like a very daunting task, but as Aperture points out, humans have been able to influence the climate and landscape on Earth, so why couldn’t we do it there? His video looks at the big changes that would have to happen to make the planet habitable.
Despite our fascination with Mars, the red planet isn’t exactly the most hospitable place. Kurzgesagt looks at some of the many challenges we’d face if we ever wanted to colonize Mars. Humans can’t breathe there, it’s freezing cold, and Martian dust is poisonous.
Jan Fröjdman painstakingly parsed through thousands of images captured by NASA’s HiRISE camera to recreate the topography of Mars. While his aim wasn’t to create a scientifically-accurate representation of the planet’s arid surface, the result is still stunning.