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Martian Sand Ripples digital art

Martian Sand Ripples

Martian Sand Ripples began as an illustration for a presentation I created detailing the Mars Exploration Rover mission and illustrates the beauty of the sand ripples found on the surface of Mars. The origin of this image was a set of frames captured by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's Left Panoramic Camera while exploring Endurance Crater. Each individual frame was taken using a filter sensitive to different wavelengths of light. The raw Pancam data files were obtained from the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS) Geosciences Node. The individual frames were combined, aligned, enhanced, and colorized for use in my presentation.

I subsequently decided to create an artistic rendition of the image. Detail of the digitized brushwork in this version can be seen in this full size section of Martian Sand Ripples.

Addendum: Martian Sand Ripples was chosen for use as the cover art for the Spring 2009 issue of The Mars Quarterly. For more, see Martian Sand Ripples Featured Cover of Mars Quarterly.

Title:Martian Sand Ripples
Image Size:14.2 x 11.8 inches
Media/Paper:Original Giclee Print on Fine Art Paper
Edition:Limited to 5 Hand Signed Original Giclee Prints

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