LOL! Not only did #NASA's artist fake a proximity of Mars and Moon, they made Mars appear strongly backlit by light reflected on the Moon, and then far more than Earth actually is.

Now, don't let this ... impression fool you. NASA is actually seeking comments on how to do this 🤣 :

Sorry NASA, but this image deserves a good laugh 😆 Not all artistic impressions are born equal under the sun, especially when they involve celestial bodies so well known to us.


@65dBnoise I think you're taking this a bit too seriously? Of course it's impossibly well lit, otherwise you couldn't see the surface and know it was mars. It's art meant to symbolize, not technical drawings meant to be 100% realistic. Otherwise Mars would be a tiny dot next to the moon.

Am I taking it too seriously? No.

And this is exactly my point. This image tells people NOT to take it seriously. That is, not to take seriously a multibillion program that NASA hopes will get us to Mars and the future. Bad choice of art.

I think NASA should rather create a page for Space Art and let people enjoy it, than mix fakes with their serious business.

I very much enjoy space art, even if completely fictional. But when fiction enters reality, I call it fake 🙂


@65dBnoise I'm not really sure what the alternative is. do you think NASA should only use unprocessed raw images on its websites for the general public?

The artistic liberties might be distracting for you, an ultra space nerd, but you're not the target audience here. I think for a header image on a page most people will scroll by, for the general public, most of whom don't even know what earthshine is, it's perfectly fine.

I'm not sure what we are talking about here. That page is a call for comments to "e.g., industry, academia, non-profits, etc" for a serious space program. I'm saying that the symbolism in the image has failed in its role, because in trying to achieve the "to Mars through Moon" idea, it created a badly fake picture. Subconsciously the fake is tied to the actual concept.

This is Psychology 101 taught in engineering schools. I never thought I'd find a textbook bad example in a #NASA pg

@hillexed I don't know if I was too picky, but seeing various versions of the graphic in the youtube presentation, without the moonlit Mars gimmick, looked fine to me.

Putting images of celestial bodies next to each other, even out of scale, is common practice in presentations. Dramatizing a close approach is what struck me as being fake.

But thanks for discussing this, and for presenting another view.

@65dBnoise likewise, thanks for having a civil discussion!

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