On June 24th NASA’s Curiosity rover completed its first Martian year on Mars (nearly two Earth years). According to NASA’s press release, the rover has driven nearly 8 kilometers in that year and beamed back some amazing images. To celebrate Curiosity’s new year, I took inspiration from a 2005 image taken by the Spirit rover of the sun setting. This image shows how the sun light looks filtered through the mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere creating a characteristic blue glow. The sun going down on it’s first year and dawning on the new year for the rover.
This illustration was painted on the iPad using the Sketchbook Pro app and the Connect Bluetooth pressure sensitive stylus by Ten One Design. Below is the time-lapse video of this illustration. Prints’ can be purchased by clicking here.