Largest moon of Mars making a transit over the planet
The diminutive moon Phobos illustrated in transit over Mars. Phobos is so small that it lacks the gravity to give it a spherical shape. At 16 miles by 13 miles by 11 miles this tiny moon orbits close to Mars at mere 3,700 miles from the surface. It takes Phobos over 7.5 hours to make a single orbit around Mars
This illustration was created on the Apple iPad using the Apple Pencil and the Sketchbook Pro App. Below is a timelapse video of the artwork.
Phobos Over Mars from Raymond Cassel on Vimeo.
NASA’s Juno probe has just completed it fifth orbit of Jupiter. Returning more stunning images. Juno’s mission to scan deep into the Jupiter’s atmosphere and study it’s magnetosphere didn’t originally include a visible wavelength camera. But I think these images have captured the imagination of the world. Above is my depiction of the Juno probe over Jupiter’s southern pole. The background image is an enhanced JunoCam image, with added details painted in to create a clearer view. The Juno probe I built and rendered in Lightwave. For more images from Juno check out their site.
Below is an animation of the same scene.
Jupiter's Polar Clouds from Raymond Cassel on Vimeo.
The Soviet Verera 14 Probe on Venus
Thirty five years ago today the Soviet Venera 14 probe landed on Venus. Subjected to temperatures in excess of 800 degrees, pressure equal to some of the deepest ocean dives and an atmosphere that has sulphuric acid in it. Perhaps I shouldn’t have pictured the probe so optimistly. The Russians tend to over-engineer these missions, so I think the mostly titanium probe is still intact after all these years. I would like to see more missions to Venus. As inhospitable it is, it takes half as long to get there than Mars, it has similar gravity, protection from radiation, and the upper atmosphere has an air pressure that wouldn’t be too hard to deal with.
Last month I was asked to exhibit at the Space Foundation’s Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. While I was there I took some pictures of the various space artifacts that were on display. On loan from NASA, was a full scale mock-up of the Huygens probe that landed on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. I decided to try to use the photos to illustrate the probe on the surface of Titan. Above is the result. This gave me the chance to experiment with soft-body dynamics to make the parachute drape over the surface I had created. Below are the photos I took at the Space Discovery Center.
In 2013 seven ground-based telescopes watch Asteroid Chariklo as it passed in front of a bright star, an event known as an occultation. A reduction in the amount of light preceding and after the asteroid passed in front of the star confirmed that there is a ring around it. Making Chariklo the fifth object in our solar system and the smallest to have a ring system. Chariklo is only about 150 miles wide with a double ring that spans about 10 miles. Chariklo orbits between Saturn and Uranus.
Art and Ale show
I would like to thank the Space Foundation for inviting me to exhibit my artwork during their Art and Ales event. It was a great venue, with many people excited about space and aerospace. I brought seven framed prints and presented how some of them were created on the iPad. You can learn more about the space foundation at www.discoverspace.org/. Great group of people and I hope I have the opportunity to do more events there.
Last Resting Place of Philae
My depiction of the Philae comet lander in it’s final position after it had bounced twice in it’s landing attempt. This illustration is based on the images capturing the lander resting on it’s side in a chasm on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. You can view the lander in it’s final resting place here
. This illustration shows the Rosetta orbiter in the background.