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Crescent Mars

A pseudo 3D image of a crescent Mars

Image Title: Crescent Mars
Release Date: February 28, 2006
Source: Viking Orbiters


This is an imagined view of Mars from orbit. If you look closely you will see that the terminator is just crossing Olympus Mons. For this image, I excluded adding a background star field in order to both heighten the sense of isolation and to focus attention exclusively on the planet itself.

Source Image Background

Source image data was a global Viking composite image of Mars and a height map created from Digital Elevation Model data.

Image Processing

All processing of this image was done using Adobe Photoshop. This includes noise removal, compositing a global false color map with digital elevation data, tonal adjustments, and techniques to create a pseudo-3D image of the Martian globe.

Wallpaper Download

I have created a compressed low resolution version of "Crescent Mars" for use as a desktop wallpaper. This wallpaper version is made available for your personal use only. It is not to be modified or redistributed in any form by any means. All rights are retained by the artist.

Crescent Mars Wallpaper
Crescent Mars, 1280 X 1024 Wallpaper Image by Jim Plaxco

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