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Skimming the Jovian Clouds



A few seconds before aerobraking in the upper Jupiter atmosphere, Leonov is traveling at nearly twelve miles per second. The antenna and science booms, along with the radiator panels have been folded back to fit in the aerodynamic shadow of the heat shield. The aerobraking will slow Leonov into a highly elliptical orbit around Jupiter.
Rendered and modeled in Lightwave 8.5, with cloud backdrop painted in Photoshop.
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A MUCH BETTER rendition of the "Leonov" than what was in the film. Such a depiction is well done b/c Dr. Clarke did not give a detailed Engineering description of "Leonov" as he did with "Discovery" in the novel version of "2001."