February 15, 2036 - The Ares arrives at Mars, and prepares to dock with the orbiting lander vehicle that was placed in Martian orbit when the crew's surface habitat was landed on the planet several years before.
Design of the Ares based off of several NTR (Nuclear Thermal Rocket) designs from the incredible site [link]
That is a TransHab module stuck to the bow end, yes. As you can probably tell from many of my other renders, I'm quite fond of them.
The majority of the ground infrastructure that will sustain the crew during their 120-day stay on the Red Planet was sent up ahead of them. Their habitat module and ascent vehicle, as well as rovers and other vital structures, are already on the surface. A lander was also placed in orbit to dock with the Ares once it arrived in orbit, as shown here.