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July 27, 2019

apollo_11_capsule_by_al_lau

I am a fan of anything to do with space exploration. I pay close attention to space missions such as the Space X, NASA, the Rover and Mars. So when the event that started it all, 50 years ago, arrives, I feel like a kid again, wanting to be an astronaut. Apollo 11 stories pop up on all news channels and I watch with awe.

In honor of that achievement, I draw the Apollo capsule, just before it returns to Earth. It is hard to believe that three brave souls, crammed themselves into such a small space, let alone, walked on the Moon!

If given the opportunity, would you go to the Moon or Mars? Or maybe just experience zero G’s in near orbit? These experiences actually seem more and more possible in our life time, or at least, in this century. Let me know :)

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Houston, we have a problem. The Shuttle program is shutting down. This drawing, originally, was to be a simple cartoon, but I liked how the drawing turned out, so I pushed it to be more complete, painting it digitally in Photoshop. As a kid, I marveled at the art for sci-fi such as in Star Wars. So, for that as my inspiration, plus the basic structure of the Shuttle, I worked extra on the concept design for the spaceship, including windows for passengers and sleeker aerodynamics. One day, perhaps, a ship will be used as human transportation between planets. Unfortunately, this is the last year for NASA’s Shuttle program. So the dream of mankind traveling in space will have to wait further into the future. The following list details the last flights for the Shuttle:

2010 Space Shuttle Launches

February 7
Space Shuttle: Endeavour
Site: Kennedy Space Center
Time: 4:39 a.m. EST

March 18
Space Shuttle: Discovery
Site: Kennedy Space Center
Time: 1:34 p.m. EDT

May 14
Space Shuttle: Atlantis
Site: Kennedy Space Center
Time: 2:28 p.m. EDT

July 29
Space Shuttle: Endeavour
Site: Kennedy Space Center
Time: 7:51 a.m. EDT

September 16
Space Shuttle: Discovery
Site: Kennedy Space Center
Time: 11:57 a.m. EDT

Note: date and times may vary due to weather and launch conditions.
Please refer to the official NASA site for more details.

Do you agree with the government ending the space shuttle program?

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