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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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