The art of exploring Mars

By Phil Plait | May 30, 2012 11:24 am

My friend Dan Durda — astronomer, asteroid researcher, and artist — drew a pretty cool digital painting of what it will look like, sometime hence, when humans explore the rugged landscape of Mars for themselves:

Cool, huh? It’s based on pictures he took in Death Valley, which has a lot of similarities to the Red Planet.

I love Dan’s stuff (more of his work is featured in the links listed in Related Posts, below). He’s put this in his "3D Impact" store where you can get this as a poster, on a coffee mug, or even a laptop cover.

I’ll be seeing Dan this weekend at SpaceFest IV, a fun meeting for space enthusiasts being held in Tucson. There’ll be astronauts, astronomers, and artists there, and I hope a few of you as well!


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