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Mars Orbital Gallery Index

Last Updated September 25, 2006.

This page is an index to the digital art that has been created using images of Mars taken by various Mars orbiting satellites. All of the images shown here have been digitally enhanced and manipulated in a variety of ways to varying extents. Some are realistic depictions of the surface of Mars. Others make use of artistic license in order to create some more interesting images. I have also used Mars image data as a source of inspiration for the creation of entirely abstract images. These images are on display in the Abstract Gallery. Additional orbital images can be found in the Crater Gallery and the Moon Gallery.

With respect to the images in the Orbital Gallery, please be aware that a number of these images are not meant to provide scientifically accurate portrayals of the surface of Mars. This is especially true with respect to color. For many of the color images that I have created, no color information was available - only albedo data. Therefore, true color is a matter of conjecture.

My work with orbital images of the planet Mars has been focused on those images returned by the two Viking orbiters and the Mars Global Surveyor mission. I have also worked with imagery returned by Mariner 9 and Mars Odyssey and have used those images in a variety of educational presentations about the planet Mars. I have not yet published any of those images here. With respect to the Mars Global Surveyor Mar Observer Camera (MOC), I have worked primarily with the images returned by the Narrow Angle camera.

While it is possible to download fully processed images from the various missions to Mars, I prefer to work with the raw unmodified image data. My desire is to make the images that I create totally my own by starting with the raw data and using my image processing and artistic skills to create my own unique visions of Mars. In fact, for at least two images (not yet published on this web site), I have exploited the presence of striping in the image, an artifact of the push-broom camera system, to produce a final effect I found attractive. This would not have been possible using the post-processed images distributed by NASA.

The Images

Images are listed here based on the order in which they were added to the web site, not the order in which they were created. The most recently added image appears at the top of the list.

Face on Mars

Face on Mars

The Famous Face on Mars in Cydonia.

Inca City on Mars

Inca City on Mars

The Inca City First Observed by Mariner 9.

Fluvial Valley in Cerberus

Fluvial Valley in Cerberus

Martian Valleys Probably Created by Liquid Water.

Martian Crater Dune Field

Martian Crater Dune Field

Dune Field in a Crater Basin.

Gullies Along Martian Crater Wall

Gullies Along Martian Crater Wall

Gullies in the Wall of a Martian Crater.

Hephaestus Fossae Troughs

Hephaestus Fossae Troughs

Troughs in Hephaestus Fossae .

Picture of a crescent Mars

A Crescent Mars

A pseudo 3D image of the planet Mars.

Picture of a crater island in Maja Valles

Martian Crater Island in Maja Valles

Viking Orbiter 1's last view of Mars.

Picture of Planum Chronium

Planum Chronium

A Martian plain.

Eroded Martian Landform

Eroded Martian Landform

Natural erosion can produce stunning landforms.

Defrosting Gullies on Mars

Defrosting Gullies on Mars

Gullies in the spring.

Polar Trough Layers

Polar Trough Layers

An example of polar layering.

Sirenum Fossae Trough

Sirenum Fossae Trough

An example of a martian trough.

Clouds Over Olympus Mons

Clouds Over Olympus Mons

How Nix Olympica got its name.

Magnificent Desolation

Magnificent Desolation

Which is more so: the Moon or Mars?

Martian Shark Teeth Dunes

Martian Shark Teeth Dunes

Nature is full of surprises.

Martian Gullies

Martian Gullies

News from Aug. 2005 about gullies on Mars.

Cydonia

Cydonia

A view of the most talked about region on Mars.

A Winter Day on Mars

A Winter Day on Mars

Snowfall on ancient Mars.

Dao, Niger, and Harmakhis Vallis

Dao, Niger, and Harmakhis Vallis

A view of Martian valleys.

Old Man Winter

Old Man Winter

An ancient man of Mars.

Martian Sand Writing

Martian Sand Writing

Writing with the sands of Mars.

Martian Gully Surprise

Martian Gully Surprise

Mars is full of surprises.

Godzilla Head Nebula

Godzilla Head Nebula

Can you find Godzilla?

Mountain Shadows

Mountain Shadows

West Along Valles Marineris

West Along Valles Marineris

Looking to the west from central Valles Marineris

Mare Boreum

Mare Boreum

A picture of the Martian North Pole.

Gangis Chasma

Gangis Chasma

A colorized rendition of Gangis Chasma, a portion of Valles Marineris.

Through Martian Eyes

Through Martian Eyes

A look at Mars through the eyes of a Martian.

Summer Storm on Mars

Summer Storm on Mars

A look at a cyclonic storm on Mars.

Valles Marineris canyon system

Valles Marineris

A color composite of the Valles Marineris canyon system.

A Dream of Olympus Mons

A Dream of Olympus Mons

A soft, dreamy view of the shield volcano Olympus Mons



2005 Jim Plaxco, www.marsartgallery.com