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The Centaur Has Landed
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Published: June 20, 2009
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While I was watching the launch via NASA TV they kept mentioning the Centaur... "fueling up the centaur... centaur is ready... go centaur... the centaur is deployed... the centaur this and that." You can hear it in the first few seconds and near the end of yesterday's launch here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-5t4d…

I'm like wha? The Centaur www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/abo… is a rocket used in the second stage... it takes over when the earth barrier is broken through and goes the rest of the way. It has been a part of the space program since 1957, a year before NASA was created. They call it America's Workhorse in Space.

It is so ironic... that I've painted those flying centaurs unaware of this fact.

For this mission the Centaur will do two things... deliver the LRO to the moon and help the LCROSS smash into the moon so we can see if there is ice on the moon. Finding sources of water will be crucial if people are to live and work there. I've been getting updates of its progress via their Twitter channels. It will reach the moon on Tuesday.

Why the excitement? Watch this www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5324I… and this www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-h3TI…
They play out like movie trailers... but what makes it even better is that it is real and happening right now!

8 hours of work... sketch, scan, clean up and paint. The drawing ditroi.deviantart.com/art/Luna…
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GSnail's avatar
GSnail|Hobbyist General Artist
I really like your spacefaring centaurs! It's so cool, something from fantasy gone sci-fi. And you have the skills to pull it off expertly.
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Diana-Huang|Professional General Artist
I'm very glad you enjoy them! I enjoyed making them! :) Thanks for the watch! :D
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100chihuahuas|Professional Digital Artist
lol!
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CoolislandSong's avatar
very interesting concept. If only humans had the space to strap a warp drive to.
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Diana-Huang|Professional General Artist
LOL yeah... baby got back! ;P
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CoolislandSong's avatar
Yeah, which a body like that, i could load up all sorts of tools for prospecting and still have enough room to carry the fossils i find out.

Now that we have seen aviators and astronauts, what would a scuba diver look like?
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Diana-Huang|Professional General Artist
That is something I've thought about... waiting for an idea to hit me hard enough to make me really want to do it...
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dozalt's avatar
Great design layout. Excellent color scheme. Wonderful character. I'll be teaching Digital Illustration this fall and I'd give it an A.
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Diana-Huang|Professional General Artist
WOOT!! Thanks! Where do you teach at?
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johnercek's avatar
nifty science info and love the composition.

btw- get a chance to ask your sister that question yet?
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Diana-Huang|Professional General Artist
The question was answered in the statement above. That is The most important thing. Without a plentiful reliable source of water living on the moon and using the moon as a launch base for manned missions to Mars almost impossible.

As for the other question she didn't know anything about it. Her area of focus is control engineering and orbital mechanics.
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