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Wel, as you can see, it’s a little beige in places but it’s taken a long time to find that out.

In 2015, multispectral images were sent back to Earth by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it shot by Pluto at 80,000km/h. But processing these (in order to approximate what the human eye might see) took time. To wit:

The result featured here, released three years after the raw data was acquired by New Horizons, is the highest resolution true colour image of Pluto ever taken. Visible in the image is the light-coloured, heart-shaped, Tombaugh Regio, with the unexpectedly smooth Sputnik Planitia, made of frozen nitrogen, filling its western lobe. New Horizons found the dwarf-planet to have a surprisingly complex surface composed of many regions having perceptibly different hues. In total, though, Pluto is mostly brown, with much of its muted colour originating from small amounts of surface methane energised by ultraviolet light from the Sun.

Full sized image here.

(Image: NASAJHU APLSwRIAlex Parker)


German educational design studio Kurzgesagt explores the many, many obstacles in the way of a functioning human base on the Red Planet. Lethal radiation, minimal energy sources, pesky dust clouds. Those kinds of things. To wit:

Humans love to explore. Strangely enough even horrible places – like Mars. Let’s see how building a Mars base could work and how insanely nerve-wracking exactly it would be.

Previously: In Fareness

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Samorost 3 – an immersive game App recently released by Prague based Amanita Design (creators of the award winning Mechinarium).  Surreal, non verbal, heavily reliant on symbolism, sound design and intuition, the game is like an interactive artwork where players progress through the ecosystems of nine planets by solving increasingly difficult puzzles.

It’s no Pokemon Go.