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The Space Elevator to Mars - Descent At Dusk

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"The Space Elevator to Mars - Descent At Dusk"

About 40 hours of work on this massive photomanipulation, made in super high definition. I first built a 3D model (in Blender) of the whole area thanks to NASA topographic data, set the correct light and then photo-manipulated it carefully in Gimp, adding layers of color map and high definition texture map, plus adding the many details. The cable of the space elevator is also a 3D model.

So, we are in a travel cabin, descending along the cable of the space elevator, descending to Pavonis Mons (the central volcano on the image). The time at the surface is dusk, and several large cities are appearing in the dark.
This image is entirely inspired by Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy.

Made with Blender and Gimp on Linux-Ubuntu.
2014-02-11 - Credits : Ludovic Celle

I'd like to publicly thank Daniel Macháček for his fundamental help in the making of this image, as he taught me how to use the NASA data sets in the best way available. Whithout his help I doubt I would have been able to bring that realism in this picture. Please check out Daniel's astronomy photo-mosaics blog : http://my-favourite-universe.blogspot.fr/
I want also to thank NASA and USGS for the wonderful and free data made available in such a cool way. I mostly used MapAPlanet www.mapaplanet.org/

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DevouredByWolves's avatar
Awesome good job Ludo38