ART ON MARS
Mars has long captivated astronomers and space scientists. There are certain aspects about the planet that make it both suitable and at the same time lethal for the growth of any kind of life on it. During the late 60s, NASA detected traces of water on the Red Planet. A detailed analysis showed that Mars had indeed been home to various lakes and soils in the past. Mars, despite its relatively high temperature, is ecologically very similar to Earth. It contains all the necessary elements and atmosphere required for life forms to develop and flourish.*
Mars has also long captivated artists, but it is not until now has it been possible for artists and art lovers to find art on Mars via a stunning interactive Mars Panorama which allows the viewer the closest view of Mars, ever. By looking at the formations, designs, the light and shadows, it is possible for you to create your own artistic images from Mars itself.
MARS PANORAMA – ART IN THE NEW MEDIA
A link to the panorama: Mars Gigapixel Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar days 136-149 in Out of this World
As written by Christopher MacManus in ZDNet March 30, 2013,
A stunning 4-gigapixel panorama of Mars, compiled from images captured by two mast cameras aboard NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, could be one of the most detailed views of our distant neighbor yet.
The panoramic picture of Gale Crater derives from 295 images that were digitally stitched together by Estonian photographer Andrew Bodrov. In its final form, the mosaic stretches out to an astounding 90,000 by 45,000-pixel resolution.
A STARTER – MARS IN THE ABSTRACT
To help you get started, here are some images from Mars that could grace the walls of any Fine Art Museum in the World.
Gullies in the Russell crater dune field (Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)
“At the center of this image from NASA’s Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called “John Klein” where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars.” (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSImage)
“NASA’s rover Opportunity visits Victoria Crater, viewed from orbit by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in october of 2006. Opportunity is a small dot on the crater’s lip, at top right. Opportunity first reached the crater’s rim on September 27, 2006.” (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona)
MARS IN SCULPTURE
The Planet Mars. Image credit: NASA
MORE MARS ART
Click here for more stunning images of Mars as Art. This NASA exhibition in 2007 showcased images from all the Mars missions. The images were selected for their aesthetic rather than scientific value. Scientists nominated 5,000 images, and a panel of professional artists, photographers, and photo editors narrowed the selection down to less than 50.
NOW, MARS ART BY YOU
1. Chose a Mars image (Google) and see if you can create your own art from Mars. Use the shapes, geometry, light, shadows, colors, and scale of the planet itself and any enhancements (photoshop) you wish.
2. Look again, closely, at the Mars Panaroma and see if you can create your own art from Mars. Here, the objective is not to look for the “little green men” (or “gray” as Mulder claimed in the X Files), but to use the shapes, geometry, light, shadows, colors, and scale of the planet itself and any enhancements (Photoshop) you wish, to create your own art from Mars.
System Requirements: Human brain, creativity, curiosity, patience, observation, and attention span of 10.0 or above.
Warning: Can take hours or, as with all art, even a lifetime.