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SPACE ART: NASA “Plan B” Movie Poster

NOTE: This Galaxy Wire movie poster was inspired by a May 5, 2008 SpaceRef.com graphic “Plan B For Outer Space.”


SPACE ART: Early Space Shuttle Design

(Above) This painting depicts North American Rockwells’ 1969 (Phase A) design for the Space Shuttle.


SPACE WALLPAPER: Artificial Gravity Space Station

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(Above) A 1969 station concept. The station was to rotate on its central axis to produce artificial gravity. The majority of early space station concepts created artificial gravity one way or another in order to simulate a more natural or familiar environment for the health of the astronauts. This station was to be assembled on-orbit from spent Apollo program stages.

After returning from a micro-gravity environment, astronauts find their muscles weak because they have not been using them. Long-term exposure to micro-gravity could generate long-term health problems for astronauts who do not utilize their muscles. This is why there are exercise machines on the Shuttle and the International Space Station.

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SPACE ART: Early Space Station Freedom Concept

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(Above) This painting depicts a 1984 Space Station concept developed by Johnson Space Center.


SPACE ART: Space Station Freedom (Rev. 1987)

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(Above) This is an artist’s illisturation of the revised April 1987 baseline configuration for Space Station Freedom.


SPACE ART: Futuristic Space Station

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(Above) A futuristic Space Station constructed by space robots.


SPACE ART: Marooned Movie Poster

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IMDB - After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to earth only to find their rockets wont fire. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to launch a daring rescue. Their plans are complicated by a Hurricane headed towards the launch site and a shrinking air supply in the astronauts capsule.

Starring:

  • Gene Hackman
  • Gregory Peck
  • Richard Crenna
  • David Janssen
  • James Franciscus

SPACE ART: Apollo Spacecraft Recovery

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(Above) This Artist concept illustrates the recovery of the Command Module following splashdown at the conclusion of an Apollo Lunar mission.


SPACE ART: Space Station Freedom 1991 Design

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(Above) This artist’s concept depicts a smaller 1991 configuration of  Space Station Freedom, as it would have looked orbiting the Earth.

This smaller configuration of the Space Station featured a horizontal truss structure that supported U.S., European, and Japanese Laboratory Modules; the U.S. Habitation Module; and three sets of solar arrays.


SPACE ART: Soviet Space-Based Strategic Defense

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(Above) While publicly opposed to the US Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), the Soviet Union forged ahead with research and development of land, air, and space-based ballistic missile defenses. The Soviets deployed and tested ground-based lasers capable of interfering with some US satellites.

This painting was done by Ronald C. Wittmann for the US Defense Intelligence Agency.


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