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Make Mars Home

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Published Nov 22, 2016 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 18 Contributors

    18 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    On Earth Sphinx cats are considered to be Martians. But the irony of fate is, on Mars my kitten w...

    #martian #grass #creative #astronaut #ngmspace #home #sphynx #cat

    This was a tough month for the health of our planet. There is much concern about climate policy in the United States and those who will be leading the important conversations of our time. Will we protect this planet? 


    I suppose that’s why many of the images that I chose for the final story made me smile and laugh out loud. They made me feel good—they reinforced the positivity of this community. They made me feel at home. Because while we may be able to make Mars home in the future, I think we'd all rather just keep the one we have now. Earth has been good to us thus far—we better reciprocate.

    Want to learn more about Mars? Watch the National Geographic Channel series which illuminates how research and development is creating the space technology that will enable our first attempt at a mission to Mars.

    I'd have to bring porch culture to Mars. Porch culture: folks socializing, barbecuing, talking to...

    #porchculture

    Editor's Note

    I never experienced the richness of porch culture until I moved to my neighborhood in D.C., but unfortunately it is slowly disappearing as new neighbors move in. This image is full of life in all i... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    I would bring my books and my art work. Because books fill my mind and art work fills my soul.

    #art #studio #books #books_in_my_life

    Editor's Note

    I really like the messiness of this moment! How will you ever decide which books to bring? Very fun way to illustrate your love of books and artwork—every inch of the frame is covered in something ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Art inspires, produces an unwillingness to settle for what we have and a desire for something bet...

    #ngmadventure #photooftheaday #art #makemarshome #portrait #people #places #culture #travel

    Editor's Note

    Dramatic lighting makes the mood! I love that you kept other elements like the person and the writing on the museum wall in the composition—they hint at other aspects to this story.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Earth without art is just 'eh' why should Mars be any different. Art and the human interaction it...

    #interaction #boston #museums #art #people

    Editor's Note

    I’m drawn to images that make me laugh and this one doesn’t disappoint. I love the interaction be... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    This is my niece faceless portrait. Whenever I think of her, I see her clarinette and her music. ...

    #instrument #bokeh #faceless_portrait #music #portrait #clarinette

    Editor's Note

    There isn’t a lot going on in this image, but all of the elements add up to make a complete story. Every detail was thought out and perfectly composed—just like the notes on the sheet of music.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    My husband, records and a sunset overlooking the valley, these are home to me.

    #ngmcreate_3 #ngmcreate #ngmcreate_2 #ngmcreate_1 #ngmspace #people #nature #sunset

    Editor's Note

    The warm glow from the sunset adds to the overall feeling of home in this photo. It envelops and caresses the items you’ll be bringing with you to Mars, wrapping them in a lovely light.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    a corner of my grandmothers house filled with memories.The picture on the wall is my uncle as a b...

    #picture #shadows #old #flowers #courtain

    Editor's Note

    The items in this photo are beautiful and poignant, but what really makes it sing is the natural light seeping through the pulled-back curtains. It’s a beautiful still life full of meaning.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Trees are vital for us. Without trees mankind won't last long in any planet. We are all connected...

    #ngmcreate_3 #ngmcreate #natgeoinspires #life #ngmcreate_2 #morning #ngmcreate_1 #makemarshome #tree #people #places #travel #human #india

    Editor's Note

    The composition and angle reinforce the idea that trees are vital to every living thing on this p... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Photo of my dad, brother and me, when we were young. On a wooden table. This is an old Polaroid ...

    #vintage #polaroid #photo #selfie #old #blackandwhite #family #love #familyadventure #table

    Images and photographs are something I would bring with me to Mars to remind me of home. Not nece...

    #landscape #summer #polaroid #erosion #river #thoughts #quebec

    My family looking photos of our ancestors and remembering.

    #ancestors #photos #family #album #roots

    Editor's Note

    There's family in every corner of this frame! I love how the past and present are all mixed together—one swims seamlessly into the other.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    I would take our couch who originally belonged to my husband as a bachelor 13years ago! 3 kids la...

    #family #home #couch

    Editor's Note

    I like that you showed what you want to bring without really showing it. This photo is less about the couch and more about an everyday moment that happens in homes all around the world. It speaks t... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    There was a big storm outside and we had a power outage for hours that evening. My daughter was b...

    #ngmadventure #shadows #story_time #makemarshome #family #tent #worldwithoutenergy

    Editor's Note

    Only a photographer would see this scene and instantly know what to do—capture it before it quick... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    If I go to Mars, my happy shoes are coming with me :)

    #borders #colours #converse #water #happy_feet #shoes #on_water

    Editor's Note

    Happy shoes are an essential ingredient of a happy life—this holds true whether you live on Earth or on Mars! I like the strong horizontal lines of the striped shoes and the wood planking, as well ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Since we Indian's are very particular about our homely spicy food, spices is what we would love t...

    #makemarsehome #home #makemarshomeassignment #assisgnment

    The Your Shot community includes a photographer from every country in the world, but only one planet as far as we know. Sixty-five percent of the community lives outside of the United States. Approximately 15% of that group, or roughly 105,000 members, hail from India. I’m sharing this information because we often get asked why many of the editors’ favorite photos were taken by Indian photographers. Not only is it a numbers game—there are more of them represented than every country besides the United States—but, more importantly, there are some very talented photographers from this subset of our community. 

    India is often described by its colors and this image by photographer Vipul Chejara reflects that—colorful spices that make a place feel like home.

    As i make the transition from our good old earth to the dark uncertainty of the red planet, how c...

    #ngmspace

    Editor's Note

    Congrats to the photographer for not only creating a unique shot of an everyday item, but for reinforcing it with a fun caption that speaks to the image itself. It’s all in the details: a red spoon... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Father and son in Trans-Siberian railway. We are on our way - all the time. Our home is the place...

    #yusupova_pro #father #child #alicja_yusupova #father__son #railway #trans_siberian_railway

    Editor's Note

    This image reminds me of the saying, home is where the heart is. It’s a sweet, peaceful moment between father and son who are bathed in a soft light. I love the houses seen through the window of th... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Thank you Your Shot. Thank you for the thoughtfulness in the feedback you provide each other. Thank you for the care you put into composing and creating your images. And thank you for continuing to share your world with us. With each photo uploaded we learn something new about each other and this planet we call home.

    About the Editor
    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a director at National Geographic managing the Your Shot photo community.

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