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Here there be robots: A medieval map of Mars by hellofromthemoon Here there be robots: A medieval map of Mars by hellofromthemoon

You can buy this map here if you like! Heart 
Right now I have posters, sketchbooks, tote bags, pencil pouches, art prints, and even leggings. 

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I started this project because I really love old maps made by medieval explorers. I thought it would be fun to use their historical design style to illustrate our current adventures into unexplored territory. 

To add a little something extra, I included the history of each place name on the map. Martian craters are named after famous scientists (for large craters) or small villages on Earth (small craters). Since the base map is hand-drawn I also added an overlay of actual NASA topographic imagery. This way even if some of my lines are a little off, you can still see what the actual ground looks like underneath.

(I also made a list of sources here if you're interested in making your own map or want to read more)

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Here there be robots: A medieval map of Mars by hellofromthemoon is an astonishing mix of fantasy and real science. The map has its inspiration from the Victorian / medieval map of Mars, with accurate place names and rover landing sites. ( Featured by cinyu )
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7markus7 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
I have been planning an expedition on Mars . I see exactly the right landing point when zooming here . Thanks for the map , fine work !
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yannpol Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
brilliant work!
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Lanstiril Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
Thanks :-)
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ar1nee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
I love the fact that Argyre Planitia (aka the smiley face as seen in Watchmen) is in the lower corner, perfect placement :-)

please accept this llama as a token of my appreciation!
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hellofromthemoon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the llama! I'm really glad you liked the map : )
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, impressive work!!! :wow: :thumbsup::)   Congratulations on your much deserved DD! :clap:
WinningDD by marphilhearts
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bevelhead Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
wow- VERY well done; also congrats on the DD!
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Entomologia Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
I love this texture you used, it's so... unearthy with all those little craters. I loke also how old this map looks. Great work.
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0bsidianFire Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is fantastic!
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racheldane Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Where's Helium?  No, I disagree! 
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is so cleverly done! Congrats on the DD!
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hannibus42 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Student Writer
I wonder if I looked closely enough I'd find a reference to The Martian
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hannibus42 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Student Writer
Hello awesomeness, Nice to see you here!
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brennenxr Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing amount of detail!  Congratulation on your DD! :)
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fxx85 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
This is insane and awesome!
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o0w0o Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
Grats on the DD!~ :hug:
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Yewrezz Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome!
Very interesting concept seeing its actually informative and still beautifully executed! :heart:
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TrustIsWhen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
Brilliant, congratulations!
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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Bomberhead67 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
Cool! I remember drawing maps of the moon when I was a kid.
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SirMouseLowHat Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
this is incredible. Good job :D
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JonathanWyke Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016   General Artist
Lovely! Many congratulations on the well deserved DD!
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p4ndor4TheBox Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hic sunt.. uh... robotes... =P (Razz) ? Amazing piece of work and great choice for a title!!
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SmyliArt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, looks great. So much to explore here!
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WorldsandCenturies Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016
Cool idea and great execution. 
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016
Wow, holy hell, that's amazing.
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