When it comes to science fiction, fantasty, and space art, Ron Miller is an artist’s artist. Before becoming a freelance illustrator (and Hugo-nominated book author), Miller was art director for the National Air & Space Museum’s Albert Einstein Planetarium. Along with doing book and magazine illustrations, he’s also created production art for films like Dune and Total Recall, and designed stamps for the US Postal Service. Recently, Scientific American commissioned art from Miller to illustrate their new online feature, “8 Wonders of the Solar System, Made Interactive.” The multimedia feature explores the likes of Jupiter’s Red Spot, the Geysers of Enceladus, the sunrise on Mercury, and, of course, Saturn’s rings.
A space-loving animator has created stunning flyovers of Mars from data captured by NASA’s HiRISE imager, which is mounted on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite.
HiRISE creates detailed digital-elevation models. Crunch that data, add perspective and some cinematic effects, and you have the movies that Doug Ellison, founder of UnmannedSpaceflight.com, posted to YouTube this morning.
The video at the top shows the Mojave Crater. The one below takes you flying through Athabasca Valles. Ellison said that both animations are rendered accurately from the data with no exaggerated scaling.