Imagining Mars

Mar 25, 2011
Image Credit: NASA/JPL

(PhysOrg.com) -- This composite of three artists' renderings from 1975 was only wish fulfillment for an unnamed JPL artist; however, the landscape and the rendered shapes took into account what was known about Mars that year.

Compared to Earth, Mars is further away from the light of the sun, very cold and very arid, and had a thin atmosphere rich in but little , an environment distinctly inhospitable to complex, Earth-like, carbon-based life forms.

"Life on Mars" was envisioned as low to the ground, symmetrical and simple.

The artist drew silicon-based life forms, probably coached by others, perhaps scientists, who had thought about such possibilities.

Peculiar saucer-like shapes stood only slightly above ground level, root-like structures reached outward for growth resources; a bundle of cones faced many directions for heat, light or food.

Instead of reality, the embodied the artist's hope and anticipation of what future Martian exploration would find.

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LKD
not rated yet Apr 01, 2011
Why is Europa, Enceladus, and Titan not treated as this? It's almost sad how the magic of the sci-fi future has changed for the worse.
yyz
4 / 5 (1) Apr 01, 2011
"Why is Europa, Enceladus, and Titan not treated as this? It's almost sad how the magic of the sci-fi future has changed for the worse."

How so?

I've seen plenty of digital images and videos of possible forms of life throughout the universe over the past several years (including the 3 moons you've mentioned).

Google Image found this from "hypothetical life on Europa": http://exoplanet....ropa.gif

Though I'll confess I like this one as well: http://scienceblo...mars.jpg
LKD
not rated yet Apr 01, 2011
I have never seen that kind of imagery before. Thanks for the one link, the other I can't get to.

I usually read up on the news weekly and I have seen nothing on this topic in regards to the moons as they did for Mars and our moon. Forgive me if I missed something somewhere.

I can't understand why they wouldn't have school contests to imagine what life might be like in these water worlds to build interest. The last one was the Shuttle patch wasn't it?