Justin Cowart is a Ph.D. candidate studying Martian geology and remote sensing techniques at Stony Brook University in New York. Justin's research interests lie in exploring the Martian rock record, particularly rocks formed at times when no rocks of similar age on Earth have survived. Justin has had a lifelong interest in exploring space, and he has satisfied that curiosity by looking at the images returned by space missions. He got his start in remote sensing by reprocessing archival data to find aesthetically-pleasing images that escaped public release at the time of the mission. He can be found on Twitter as @jccwrt, and on Flickr.
The current strategy includes the Mars 2020 rover, a lander carrying a rover and ascent vehicle, and an Earth return orbiter.
Justin Cowart reprocesses Viking Orbiter images from the 1970s and 1980s to reveal their unique and beautiful perspectives on the planet.
Still images of Mars often give a false impression that Mars is a dead planet—but time-lapse imaging from the European Mars Express spacecraft reveals the planet as it really is.