Nothing said 'serious science' like two of Starfleets heavy hitters joined together on the edge of known space. The newly christened Hamilton System is been scanned for valuable resources and it's prospects for a colony. The most likely candidate is Planet-MHS-25 with a breathable atmosphere and gravity equivilant to 0.87 G. Also it is in geo-stationary orbit with a Gas Giant making it easy for the transport of Gas to the planet for processing.
I had a go at lighting something in Mental ray today and It gave quite a nice natural light to it. With a bit of post processing it started looking much better that what results I got with the scanline. So it looks like more mental ray experimentation for the foreseeable future.
Ships and planets rendered in 3ds max
Composition and post effects in Photoshop