A short by Chinese digital artist Yi Le, inspired by a visit to Norway, featuring a sample from ‘You are a Miracle’ by Alan Watts and thereby telling the strange tale of a planet where mysterious experiments are being conducted to restore nature.
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.
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.