The outstanding digital rendering techniques of the Dutchman Kees Veenenbos have been featured in National Geographic and on NASA pages . The images he rendered are made with a landscape program called Terragen. He has worked with this program already since 1999 in different versions. Most are made with digital elevation models of NASA, from different satellites like the Mars Global Surveyor for example.
He made a lot of images for National Geographic, Mars images, but also of good old Earth and other planets in the solar system and even extra solar planets.
We have put together a collection of his fantastic made images of recent and ancient Mars (with water and ice). All artwork are copyright Kees Veenenbos and we have been give special permission to use them for this article. The originals can all be found on his website: www.space4case.com (all data originate from NASA).
1. Holden Crater southern ridge. Spiky rocks hide the sun which light up the starshape thin clouds.
2. Gusev Crater ancient view on Planet Mars. Landing site of the Spirit MER2003 rover. A ancient view after a duststorm.
3. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Valles Mariners. The Valles Marineris in the aftermath of a dust storm as seen from the Coprates Chasma (in front).
4. Mars Noachian period. Mars about 4 billion years ago. The Vastitas Bolearis filled with water, the large lake at the bottom right is the Meridiani. The Opportunity Rover found evidence of such an inner sea. Made for National Geo. July 2005 issue.
5. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Agyre Planitia. Concept for National Geographic: Mars during the period of loosing it’s water some billion years ago. Salty deposits, cracks in the mud, forming of hematite, dust devils and falling meteors.
6. Maraldi Crater on an icy Mars. Made for the cover of National Geographic Magazine January 2004 issue.
7. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Chryse South. Ancient watery view of the Chryse south region, outflows of the Ares Valles and Valles Marineris.
8. Mars Northpole and Vastitas Borealis. The Northpole (left) and the the Vastitas Borealis. The large crater at the top is the Korolev Crater 85 km (53 mi) in diameter.
9. Cave at the northern ridge of the Gale Crater on Mars. View form a cave at the north ridge Gale Crater. The cone of the Gale Crater at the left.
10. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Elysium Mons sunrise. An image made for the Madrid Planetarium exhibition about Mars. At left the Hecates Tholus and at the right the Albor Thorus.
11. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Spirit Rover site. Gusev Crater Homeplate (Husband Hiil at the Backround). Ancient Mars, fumerols, seidmentary hot water deposits.
12. Mars during an ice age. Made for National Geographic Magazine.
13. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Olympus Mons sunrise. Misty sunrise at the Tharsis. The volcano Olympus Mons seen from the Lycus Sulci.
14. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Valles Marineris. A misty morning at the slopes of one of the eroded mountains in the Valles Marineris.
15. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Schiaparelli Crater. With a low sun the light even doesn’t reach the western ridge. The Schiaparelli Crater is 450 kilometers (280 miles) in diameter.
16, Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Orcus Patera at sunset, The Orcus Patera, an extreme oval crater caused by a meteorite that just grazed Mars.
17. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Gale Crater southern ridge. Strange cloud above a gulley leading to the Gale Crater. The cone of the crater can be spotted just below the sun.
18. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: The Gale Crater. Sunset at the Terra Cimeria. The Gale Crater as seen from the Aeolis Mensae.
19. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Spirit Rover site. Gusev Crater Homeplate Noachian period. Another concept with more water and fumerols.
20. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Melas Chasma at sunrise. Mars Exploration Rover Landing site. Nr. 2 Melas Chasma.
21. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Mars today. This image was printed together with the Noachian Mars image (below) for the July 2005 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
22. Mars terraformed – Kasei Valles. The Kasei Valles and the Chryse Planitia. Outlet of Valles Marineris at the bottom. With nebulae and starry backround.
23. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Phoenix Landingsite. At the right the ridge of the Heimdall Crater.
24. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Northpole and Vastitas Borealis. At left one of the larger craters that have a name: the Korolev Crater (about 85 km (53 mi) in diameter ).
25. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Ius Chasma (Valles Marineris). Ius Chasma (western valley in the Valles Marineris) with dusty atmosphere and mist in the lower parts of the valley.
26. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Tharsis Montes. Arsia Mons, Pavonis Mons and Ascraeus Mons. View is southwest to northeast. At the left Biblis Patera (left) and Ulysses Patera.
27. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Olympus Mons – ancient. Olympus Mons some 4 billion years ago. With water and a denser atmosphere. Made for a Madrid Planetarium exhibition.
28. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Arsia Mons. Arsia Mons rises over 20 km above the surrounding plains, is 450 km and the caldera over 120 km in diameter.
29. Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Tharsis Tholus. The Tharsis Tholus during a sand storm seen ‘upside down’. The volcanoes of the Tharsis Montes peeking above the sand storm.