I men­tioned last week that I’d assem­bled a few tabloid-​​sized posters for Yoshi’s room, in what I hope will be a suc­cess­ful attempt to instill won­der at the nature of … well, nature.

Below the fold is the first set of those posters, as JPEG pre­views with links to the PDFs (for high-​​res print­ing; these are pretty big files), in case any­one else wants them too.

There are other posters; I’ll put them up later. Enjoy!

Mars with lander sites

This first item is a relief map of Mars; the depth of the north­ern ocean is promi­nent here, as is the Hellas basin. Sites of var­i­ous lan­ders have been added as well. Overall, a pretty cool image, and one that can help you imag­ine what Mars would look like if it still had seas.

Mars with land­ing sites PDF, 1.8 MB

Mars in general

This one is Mars’ sur­face along with a smat­ter­ing of graph­ics at the bot­tom show­ing fea­tures in geyscaled relief, depth, a cou­ple shots from the orig­i­nal Viking lan­der (which, though it hit planet a gen­er­a­tion ago, was one hell of a piece of work that sent back images that fired almost everyone’s imag­i­na­tions, from the pro­duc­ers of the TV ver­sion of The Martian Chronicles to the “Face on Mars” yahoos — and, of course, an entire plan­et­ful of bur­geon­ing young scientists).

The last image is of the planet as a disc, show­ing the Tharsis Montes, Olympus Mons and the Valles Marineris. I gen­er­ally think of this as the “Grandpa Simpson” image, because I think I can see the out­line of Grandpa Simpson in 3/​4 pro­file in the right half of the disc. He’s look­ing to the left.

General Mars images PDF, 3.8 MB

General Venus images

This is Venus, relief-​​mapped (by radar; the cloud cover is absolutely opti­cally opaque). Along the bot­tom is the same ter­rain as a radar map; sets of images from the orig­i­nal Russian Venera probes (9, 10 and 14, respec­tively), and a contrast-​​enhanced shot of the planet’s disc.

The Venera probes’ images are just damned cool. The ter­rain looks flat­tened and tor­tured; the extreme curve is due to the lenses used. Venus is not only unin­hab­it­able, but actu­ally quite hell­ish; the sur­face tem­per­a­ture is hot enough to melt lead, and the carbon-​​dioxide atmos­phere is so dense that a dropped penny would flut­ter to the sur­face rather than sim­ply drop in a straight line.

General Venus images PDF, 3.7 MB

General Moon images

And our clos­est neigh­bor. The upper cylin­dri­cal pro­jec­tion presents the far side in addi­tion to the maria-​​pocked face we’re famil­iar with. Below are shots of Earthrise and a moon buggy beside a lan­der — con­trary to inane myth, humans actu­ally have in fact been to the Moon — as well as some lunar phases.

General Moon images PDF, 3.1 MB

TTBOMK the images I’ve used are gen­er­ally avail­able; I’m cer­tainly not employ­ing them for profit, just remix­ing them a lit­tle for attrac­tive and inter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion on a kid’s bed­room wall.


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