Mars at 4k resolution, 3 orbits over the terminator

This is similar to my previous rendering, but this time Mars is rotating beneath the viewpoint, showing the whole planet.

I particularly like the way it show the very different terrains on different parts of the planet, the smooth Northern plains, (possible location of an ancient ocean?), the heavily cratered ancient southern areas, the shield volcanos, and the outflow channels around the Mariner Valley.

I’ve exaggerated the relief, to show the terrain as clearly as possible.

If you are not clear on the viewpoint, imagine floating in space above the daylit hemisphere of Mars, maybe 10k kilometres away. From here the viewpoint of the animation would move around the edge of Mars, up one side and then down the other.

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Nick Stevens

I studied astronomy at University College London, but failed to get my degree. For many years pre-internet, I ran the bulletin board "Starbase 1", which is why you will frequently see me referring to myself as that! I was on the board of the IAAA. I operate exclusively in digital formats using many different software packages. Most often Lightwave 3d, Vue, Gaea, and Affinity Photo. I also enjoy oddball graphics packages like Xenodream, Amberlight, and others.

I'm particularly interested in the early Soviet space program, and I have served as a consultant on that subject.

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