Category: scientific illustration

Planet Kepler-186f

Soviet space art by Andrei Sokolov, printed in the 1976 postcard set “Man in Space.” Here we see Americans and Soviets linked up in orbit during the Apollo-Soyuz mission.

1987 NASA concept art pictures an outpost on Mars. The Martian soil shields the astro-pioneers from solar radiation, and they can go without spacesuits in a pressurized habitat. Let’s not forget the greenhouse for, you know, growing food and stuff.

Dinosaur illustrations by Josh Kirby, Joe Tucciarone, John Sibbick, and Wayne Barlowe.

“Aspect of an eclipse of the Sun by the Earth, as it would appear as seen from the Moon.” Illustrated by James Nasmyth, 1874.

(Linda Hall Library)

Primordial Earth, painted by Chesley Bonestell for LIFE magazine, December 8, 1952.

Crater Plato on the Moon, a photo of a plaster model built by engineer-inventor-astronomer James Nasmyth after making lunar observations through a telescope. Published in The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite, 1874. Via @lindahall.

(Linda Hall Library)

Primordial Earth, painted by Chesley Bonestell for LIFE magazine, December 1952.

“Mare Humorum. From a study made in 1875.” Astronomical art by Etienne Leopold Trouvelot.

Prospecting on an asteroid, illustrated by Pamela Lee.