"I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go to space" —Stephen Hawking.

Map Sizes:

  • 18" × 24"
  • 24" × 36"
  • 36" × 48"

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.

I'm running a Kickstarter campaign so I can continue to make maps of the places you want to see. Please consider becoming a backer.

  • Print Quality

    Fade resistant inks on durable, archival grade matte paper means this map is museum quality.


    Colors depict elevation. Labels for craters and rover landing sites. Latitude and longitude lines every 5 degrees.

  • Map Location

    Centered at the Oxia Palus quadrangle. This area is significant in the search for ancient forms of life due to strong evidence of former rivers, lakes, and springs.

    Area: 8 million km² (3 million mi²)
    Scale: 1:3,000,000

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 demonstrated below:

  • 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.

  • 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.

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