Tomorrow Never Comes by Orestes ()
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As many may know, a couple days ago Discovery launched. It was the first maned space mission from the US since the Columbia Disaster. After that accident, our goverenment grounded NASA from any maned missions until they could be assured it would never happen again. I got to thinking about that, and its a little hypocritical don't you think? How many airplanes crash, killing far more people; the govenment doesn't ground all air travel now does it? Or what about lifes lost in Iraq due to malfuntioning choppers and other equipment? Seems what they want to be 'safe' is selective. Dwelling on this I thought of this image. An extra-safe astronaut doing his work on a moon much like ours, sees a flash and looks up at an earth much like ours, to see the horror as a massive nuclear plant explodes, which if had been scurtinized as much as his space program for safety, would have never happened.
Anywho, just some of my ramblings. :P
Now the tech stuff. Render 6400 x 4800, Planet made my hand in Photoshop CS. The lander is from www.strafe.com/2001, (I built the dish on it) the space suit is Sixus1's TSS freebie. Both rendered in Bryce and PW'ed in with Photoshop.
Have a great day!
Image Comments (38)
Nicely composed image with a great theme. I wholeheartedly agree regarding the hypocritical "safety focus" on the space program and the limits it seems to impose. The number of lives we've lost to the space program pale in comparison to almost every other major endeavor that has moved mankind forward.
if you think of it in terms of lives lost, well, sure airplanes aren't nearly as safe. if you look at the shuttle program in terms of resources and expense, well, lessee, how many engineers work 24/7 before, during and after a flight? how long does it take to build a shuttle? each part has to be built pretty much by hand, right? and the insulation on the primary launch engine can destroy all that in a fraction of a second? And they can't find a better solution? How close are they to sending ships to orbit from the back of high altitude airplanes? no foam. no large rockets. and those are just a few considerations. shuttle might well be obsolete. at what point are you just wasting money maintaining dead technology? how many more flights could you achieve with more efficient technology for the cost of just one shuttle flight? saturn manned missions gave way to the shuttle, and now the shuttle is pretty much showing it's years. you willing to risk billions plus the results of research because styrofoam shook free? seems foolish to me. seems like a better idea to come up with a better solution, especially now that we can see the risk of losing everything everytime is consistent and considerable. Great art, shallow rant.
I understand your rant but one thing to consider is that the Shuttle fleet is very old. Plans to build bigger and better reusable craft have been stalled for ages usually due to funding issues. Lets just hope NASA doesn't take to long and that Virgin Galactic becomes a reality.