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Colorful shaded relief maps of Mars centered on Oxia Palus. Printed up to 48" wide on matte, archival grade paper and UV resistant ink.
127 backers pledged $10,595 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm Pete, and I love designing maps.

Through my love of mapmaking and space, I hope to convey why exploration is so key to our future as a species. Generations from now, people aren't going to remember us for our politics or violence against one another. They're gonna remember what we do to make their civilizations possible. Mars will teach us, it will challenge us, and it will bring us into the future, only if we don't stop searching.

When I was 7, I created my first map. Now, after all these years, I still find myself fascinated by them. Maps represent our curiosity, our courage, and the hardships we endure to reach places that seem impossible. They're a constant reminder that we all have to start somewhere.

My goal for this Kickstarter is to launch a design studio so I can continue to create maps for many years to come. Whether it's a small town here on Earth or the tallest volcano on Mars, there's no place I won't consider mapping. My projects will be based on your feedback, because without you, this won't be possible. I hope that you can join in helping me make this dream a reality.

  • Each map is a Kickstarter Edition, individually hand-numbered print. Limited to 200.
  • Available in color OR monochrome (you'll make your selection after the campaign is funded)
  • Free shipping within the US for all backers.
Full color prints
Full color prints

 

Monochrome prints
Monochrome prints

Backer rewards:

  • 36" × 48" $65
  • 24" × 36" $50
  • 18" × 24" $35
  • 4" × 4" set of 5 stickers $15  
  • Mobile + desktop wallpaper $5

Details:

  • Region: Oxia Palus quadrangle (MC-11)
  • Area: 8 million km²/3 million mi²
  • Scale: 1:3,000,000 @ 36" × 48"
  • Geographical features and rover landing sites are labeled
  • 120 meter grid and graticules every 5° lat/long
  • Printed with UV resistant inks on archival grade, matte paper
  • Individually numbered, Kickstarter Edition, limited to 200 
$35, $50, and $65 rewards in color OR monochrome
$35, $50, and $65 rewards in color OR monochrome

 

$15 reward
$15 reward

 

$5 reward: Wallpapers for all your digital devices (desktop+tablet+mobile)
$5 reward: Wallpapers for all your digital devices (desktop+tablet+mobile)

 

Individually numbered prints, limited to 200
Individually numbered prints, limited to 200

How was this map created?

This map uses elevation data collected from MOLA, an instrument aboard NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. It was created by deriving 3 individual layers and then merging them back together into one seamless image, as shown below: 

1. Data gathering: This is a digital terrain model, visualized from MOLA's raw data. Shades of grey represent elevation.
1. Data gathering: This is a digital terrain model, visualized from MOLA's raw data. Shades of grey represent elevation.

 

2. Rendering the surface: Computer simulated light rays generate surface highlights and shadows. This map utilizes a multi-directional hillshade algorithm which produces a very detailed surface.
2. Rendering the surface: Computer simulated light rays generate surface highlights and shadows. This map utilizes a multi-directional hillshade algorithm which produces a very detailed surface.

 

3. Putting it all together: The layers are merged using a combination of pan-sharpening, contrast, and gamma stretching algorithms. Together, these techniques bring out the nuanced details inherent in the source data.
3. Putting it all together: The layers are merged using a combination of pan-sharpening, contrast, and gamma stretching algorithms. Together, these techniques bring out the nuanced details inherent in the source data.

 

Risks and challenges

Obstacles related to high volume printing may occur. Throughout this campaign, I will dedicate myself to keeping us on track. And you, the backers, will be informed at every turn until I send out the very last map!

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    Desktop + Mobile Wallpaper

    Get Mars for your digital devices. Includes desktop, tablet, AND mobile versions to fit all your screens, at any resolution.

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    Mars 4" x 4" stickers, set of 5

    Set of 5 unique round map stickers.

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    18" × 24" map print

    Museum-quality print on archival-grade matte paper. Individually numbered, Kickstarter Edition.

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    24" × 36" map print

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    36" × 48" map print

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Funding period

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