List of Figures

August 31, 2011

Paintings from Space

Filed under: Meteorology — Tags: , , , , , , , — Pavel Voronin @ 9:14 pm
Exhibit A:
This is the hand-colored version of the first ever close-up photograph of Mars (dark brown bottom part is space). It is also the first image of the red planet broadcast on tv. Taken by Mariner 4 and received by NASA in July of 1965, it was printed out as columns of numbers on strips of paper that were then glued together and colored with pastels.
Further reading: detailed story, hi-res image.

Exhibit B:
This a 1954 painting depicting what the Earth might look like from a satellite 6500 km above North America. It was comissioned by the then-director of meteorological research of US Weather Bureau, so special attention was given to atmospheric phenomena. The most striking features are the weather-defining features: cyclones, hurricanes, fogs and different types of clouds. Obviously, no one knew what they would look like from space, so several very educated guesses had to be made.
Further reading: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Volume 88 Issue 10 (October 2007).
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