Student map and poster competition

Understanding Mars: The Goldilocks Planet

By Sid Ramavajjala, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Interplanetary Cartography is an emerging field of cartographic research that blends complex GIS projections and transformations with conventional cartographic principles of typography and graphic design. The detailed map of Mars is an experiment to showcase the ability of cartographic design to collate multiple and complex concepts into a poster. In this map submission, the fusion of cartographic tradition and interplanetary design principles beautifully encapsulates the essence of exploration and the spirit of discovery that defines our quest to unravel the secrets of the cosmos. The poster serves not just as a visual representation but as a gateway to a world waiting to be explored, a homage to the scientific community’s ceaseless pursuit of knowledge, and a testament to the enduring human fascination with the unknown.

The fusion of traditional cartographic techniques with innovative interplanetary design principles elevates the map into a work of art and science, inviting viewers to join the journey of exploration that bridges the gap between Earth and Mars.