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Map of Mars by the U.S. Geological Survey

July 16th, 2014 | Space
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via USGS

Geologic map of Mars on the left, elevation map on the right

Geologic map of Mars on the left, elevation map on the right

Over the past 16 years, the United States Geological Survery (USGS) has worked to create a global geographic map of Mars. The data to create the map principally came from 4 spacecraft: the Mars Global SurveyorMars OdysseyMars Express and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

One of the most interesting findings to emerge from this data set is that the oldest geological region of Mars (~4 billion years, brown color region) is 3 times larger than originally suspected. In addition, the data backs up recent research which demonstrates that Mars was a geologically active planet until recently. But what does the word “recently” really mean in terms of planetary science? Well, many scientists believe that Mars was last active approximately 10 million years ago, which was before the common ancestor of the chimpanzee and the human split (~6 million years ago). But that’s still just a small time period for the history of the planet.

The reason we care about geological activity is that active planets are believed to provide richly chaotic environments necessary for life to develop. Gaining a better understanding of Mars will give us a clearer picture of what to expect elsewhere in the Universe.

For a more detailed view at the map above, please visit the USGS site.

-RSB

[via Wired]

Sketchbook Illustrations by Mattias Adolfsson

July 9th, 2014 | Robot, Space

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Mattias Adolfsson is a Swedish artist who created these incredibly detailed pen & ink sketches of surrealist architecture, machines, animals, and spacecraft.  The illustrations are so intricate that I often find myself staring at them for long periods of time and discovering new details each time I look. I have a feeling each piece probably takes several days of back-breaking concentration to complete.

Most of the drawings are stand-alone pieces of art, but he has completed work for The New York Times, Work style Magazine, Amtrak, and Wired.

Mattias has a LARGE collection of work, just type his name into google, and you’ll see the whole gamut (or just check his website).

Also, you can find a cool book of some of his illustrations which are printed onto Moleskin HERE.

-RSB

“Ivory Coast” by Pure Bathing Culture

July 7th, 2014 | Space

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Sean Pecknold directed this lovely video for the song, “Ivory Coast,” by Pure Bathing Culture. The story features a little blue alien (love child?) being chased by ghostly, holographic sharks. Sound intriguing? :) In the end, it appears, the mother must let her son travel to the stars… where he belongs. Enjoy!

-RSB

Science Fiction Illustrations by Philippe Druillet

June 27th, 2014 | Robot, Space

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Philippe Druillet is a cartoonist and illustrator from Toulouse, France. He entered the art world as a regular contributor to the French comic, Pilote, in the late 1960′s and 1970′s, and eventually earned the nickname of “Space Architect” by creating massive backdrops featuring buildings inspired by ancient Indian temples and Gothic cathedrals.

Philippe’s work features gritty, dystopian themes filled with cyborgs, alien creatures, and elaborate depictions of war. Throughout the 1970′s, you could find his illustrations in comic books as well as on many album and book covers. Gathered here is just a small sample of the work that he created during his illustrious career.

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If his drawings piqued your curiosity, you can find more from Philippe at his website (although it may be currently down for maintenance).

-RSB

“Buckyball” in Madison Square Park by Leo Villareal

June 3rd, 2014 | Space

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This geometric light sculpture was made by Leo Villareal using 180 LED tubes driven by custom software to emit random compositions of both color and speed. A word from the artist:

“The sequence’s opacity, speed and scale can all be manipulated through custom software. Ultimately, complex compositions are formed and then displayed in random order and for a random amount of time in the final artwork. The visual manifestation of the code in light is my core interest.”

The title, “Buckyball,” is in reference to the spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60 (Carbon 60). The molecule is said to look like a soccer ball with twenty hexagons and twelve pentagons, containing a carbon atom at each vertex of each polygon and a bond along each polygon edge (the molecule got its name from the famous creator of the geodesic dome, Buckminster Fuller).

You can read about the interesting history of the Buckyball here.

Unfortunately, this light installation was taken down in February of 2013, so it will only live on in the internet.

-RSB

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