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In the mid eighties, a system of cycling spaceships picking up and dropping off OTVs near Earth and Mars was proposed as an efficient system to supply a manned Mars presence. I've shown 3 such OTVs rising in elliptical orbit over Mars, from their initial aerocapture maneuver. 2 Astronauts conduct EVA from the nearer OTV with MMUs. I've tried updating the 80's design with materials for the habitats based on Boeing's ISS modules. This piece was modeled, lit and rendered in Lightwave 7.5c, on a Mac dual 1.2 Gig G4. Thanks to [link] for the Mars bump and color maps, based on MOLA data and Mars Observer images.
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Great stuff-The scale perspectives make the image!The size of the ships against the sheer scale of the planet-the immensity of the Mission[s]-'Thing's to Come'-as someone once wrote!The crysatal clear clarity of space.
I love (still) these concepts of the 80's. In those days, I started to suspect that Man will never reach Mars in my lifespan, as those projects are not taken with budgetary interest. Now, I'm sure that Man will never reach Mars, but maybe Man (as we know now) will not last much more time. Another creature will replace us soon or later, and will see Mars with scientific eyes and not with rentability eyes.