At the NASA web site is a story about how the first images returned from Mariner 4 were rendered by hand.

Hand rendered image from Mariner 4

Do these images still exist, for example in a museum?


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It was displayed publicly yesterday! At a Karman lecture held by Mr. Blaine Baggett, Director, Office of Communication and Education, JPL. It might not be archived and available to download right now, but soon it will. And I'm sorry for being a spoiler, but it is in the last few minutes of his show. Even the crayons used to draw it are preserved.

(I might add that I have no idea how this looks like anything on Mars. Does anyone know what region this could be?)

EDIT addition: Was this really the best map of Mars 50 years ago? According to the link TidalWave provided in the a comment below. With the old canali and everything. Some progress in space exploration has been made indeed. Methink I see triagonal structures on the early images from Pluto, but they might be like Lowell's imaginations. enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ Says here what the image is of directedplay.com/first-tv-image-of-mars $\endgroup$
    – TildalWave
    Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 15:43
  • $\begingroup$ And this is why I make sure my daughter learns her color by numbers - what if she has to hand render a transmission from another world? $\endgroup$
    – corsiKa
    Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 16:49
  • $\begingroup$ Those "canali" are actually the back of Lowell's (and other's) eye... scienceblogs.com/universe/2012/09/28/the-canals-of-mars I'm not sure why it stuck for so long, but with the advent of better telescopes and photographic capabilities I think these canali became extinct. $\endgroup$
    – bjd2385
    Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 23:10
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    $\begingroup$ Just to let you know, his name is actually TildalWave. Note the extra 'L' between the i and d. Don't ask me why he chose that name, but if this had been an @ notification, it would not notify him just like my first few times on this site :/ $\endgroup$
    – DrZ214
    Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 23:33
  • $\begingroup$ @LocalFluff this has the answer to "Does anyone know what region this could be?" phys.org/news/2015-07-mariner-mars-years.html the Video mentioned in Do you recognize these space artists who made this (possibly) first “paint-by-numbers” image of Mars? also has a bit about it about 2/3 of the way through when it talks about the data coming in. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 13:24

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