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Explorers by Drell-7 Explorers by Drell-7
The crew of the first Mars landing, heading back to their camp after a nine hour EVA. The Lander is based on the 1969 NASA design study.

Lightwave and Photoshop. Thanks for looking!
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CR99nut Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
The crew seems to be walking right past an important thing: evidence of liquid water in the form of the sedimentary rock pile at right. Look at the pattern/texture on the rocks, indicating that at some time in the distant past (prior to their uplifting & jumbling), they were formed in a shallow body of water. WOW!

Oh, wait, this is just a painting, not a real video feed from Mars.

Drell-7 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Actually, you're the first one to catch that! I put in the sedimentary layering as kind of an Easter Egg. Also, the image darkened up when compressed, but there are some hints of fossils in there!
CR99nut Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Cool! Like I said before, "Someday..."

Seriously, I hope to see in my lifetime some evidence (via a robot proxy, most likely) of past or present life elsewhere in our solar system. I suspect that Mars is fairly dead now, but finding fossils there would be very awesome! (Heck, even sedimentary rocks as you've depicted would be really cool. Not just the layers we've seen, nor the beads of hematite, but actual rippled sand patterns.)

Of course, Jupiter's moon Europa might be our best bet for finding living things offworld. I hope I live long enough to witness that, if it's there...

(For the record, as vast as our universe is, I suspect--believe, actually--that there's life in a lot of places. But the scientist in me requires PROOF. I hope that we humans find it, soon, and in our own backyard would be very convenient!)
SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Niiiice! This really gives the impression of being there. And the Mars colors are perfect, too.
Jimlogan1701 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent, you nailed the look for the surface of Mars :-)
VMJML1er Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014   Digital Artist
super concept, exploration Mars
megadolon013 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
      You nailed the exploration theme right on.  WOW!
TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like a lot of the paintings from the old design studies, and I think you've done a good job of capturing the look and feel in this image.  A lot of 3D artists struggle with it.
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The old designs are still relevant, and I really tried to give a more organic feel to this one.
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