Master Replicas Group Taps NASA Data to Shape 'Space Terrains' | 4/26/2018 | Staff
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You can now decorate your desk or wall with the prominent features of the moon and Mars thanks to NASA spacecraft data and a Smithsonian partnership.

Master Replicas Group has introduced its first two "Space Terrains," scale models of the moon's Tycho crater and the Olympus Mons volcano on Mars. Each ten-inch (24.4-cm) cast-resin square is based on the information from NASA's Lunar or Mars reconnaissance orbiters (LRO or MRO).

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The hand-finished moon and Mars terrains, which Master Replicas Group markets under its Smithsonian license, are available for $90 each.

Dymszo had the idea to make miniature planetary terrains while visiting the Smithsonian in Washington, DC a couple of years ago.

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"We went to the Smithsonian and were taking a tour. They had a very large representation of a lunar crater there. It is huge and incredible," Dymszo recalled in an interview with collectSPACE. "I was with our graphics manager, Karl, and told him, 'You know, if somebody did this in a smaller size, it would be really cool. I would like to have one of these on my desk.'"

Fortunately, Dymszo would soon be in a position to be that "somebody." At a previous incarnation of Master Replicas, Dymszo had proposed a line of aerospace collectibles to go along with the sci-fi prop replicas they were then known for offering. So when Master Replicas Group re-launched and sat down with the Smithsonian, Dymszo knew what he wanted to create.

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"When we got the Smithsonian's license, we proposed this idea for representations of topographical details," he said. "They asked, 'Where did you get the idea?' and we replied, 'We totally stole it from you — from the second floor of the National Air and Space Museum!'

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