Is This What Life on Mars Might Have Looked Like?

One NASA illustrator’s 1975 vision of what Martian life may have looked like

A great find from the NASA archives! This composite of three artists’ renderings from 1975 may have only been wish fulfillment for an unnamed JPL artist; however, the landscape and the rendered shapes took into account what was known about Mars at that time, a year before the first Viking landing.

“Life on Mars” was envisioned as low to the ground, symmetrical and simple. The artist drew silicon-based life forms, probably coached by others, perhaps scientists, who had thought about such possibilities. Peculiar saucer-like shapes stood only slightly above ground level, root-like structures reached outward for growth resources; a bundle of cones faced many directions for heat, light or food. Instead of reality, the images embodied the artist’s hope and anticipation of what future Martian exploration would find.

Hey, at least it’s not this.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL


About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on July 24, 2012, in Mars and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. And why not such forms of life or more or less similar would not be in caves or pits on Mars??
    They would so be shielded from the sun…
    But as long as we shall not go to see a display device we can it that to speculate!
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)


  2. What a great find – interesting to note how much we have changed our views over the years


  3. lssligncabbblinic1976

    Reblogged this on Lindsay Perkins Pad.


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