Planets in True Colour

January 11, 2013

Rheanna Sand

Ever wonder what the planets would look like if you were to fly by them in a spacecraft? Artist Michael Benson can help with that, according to the AAAS:


"Thanks to unmanned spacecraft, we've come to know better the planets within our solar system. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been exploring Saturn, its impressive ring system and many moons since 2004. In the past decade, the Mars rovers have sent back images of a red planet hinting of frozen water and possibly past life. And the Voyager I and II spacecrafts launched in the late 1970s, helped us see, for the first time, the outer planets Uranus and Neptune. AAAS member Michael Benson, a multimedia artist, takes the raw image data from these space missions and digitally processes it to create large-format landscapes. The results are nothing short of spectacular. We get to see in "true color" what our eyes would see if we were on board one of these probes on a flyby of our solar system."


Below are a few screenshots to whet your appetite. Go to the gallery page here for an audio tour through Benson's stunning works.


Surface of Mars


Saturn from Cassini





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