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Europa Probe

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This started as a test of some of the new features in ZBrush 4R4. I then took the decimated model into 3ds max 2012 for lighting and rendering with mental ray, and tweaked the render in Photoshop CS5.1. A probe exploring the subsurface oceans of Europa, perhaps?

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With all the work being done to tap ancient Antarctic lakes to find microbial life living isolated under extreme pressure and rich oxygen enviro, it's definitely driven our fantastic speculation into the possibilities of Europa. Nice piece, the probe has an almost steampunk feel to it.
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A really great concept to what could be one of the most important space exploration missions in mans history!

Good Work!
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I very much hope it happens in my lifetime.

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Your welcome :D
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Ooooh such an interesting concept, i'm very much looking forward to seeing this thing in action in the future (assuming that they do send something to europa in the near future that is) Rather excited to see what's under the ice of Europa, seen a few videos going on about ways to drill into the ice or potentially bypassing drilling by going through the cracks when they (hopefully) open. Rather complicated process, but i'm sure that it's doable. (considering the brightest minds on the planet are working on it)
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Thanks! And yes, I hope they do explore Europa before long.
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You're welcome, as do I friend, as do I.
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Me too, its so exciting to think that Europa could hold life underneath the surface of the ice and if so what kind of life will it hold. I just hope they have something in the pipeline for a future mission to Europa!
Just thinking about it gives me so many ideas...
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I think even if you could prove that without a doubt that there wasn't any life in europa that would be just as much an interesting discovery. It'd at least get us closer to answering the question about how common life is in the universe which is a very interesting concept indeed.
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Absolutely; As they say in the science community - no result is still a result!
I for one would prefer there to be life on Europa even if it was just microbial.
You are right though about the question; how common life is in the universe. Its probably one of my favorite subjects! :-)
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I recently saw a video that dealt with how common life is in the universe, they had an equation that you probably already know of but i can't recall properly. Basically they added all these different aspects that were known and yet to be known, basically asking how many stars there are, how many of those stars have planets, how many of those systems have habitable planets, how many of those planets have water, how many of those planets have life etc etc. Finding life on mars and Europa would greatly narrow down the chances of there being life elsewhere in the universe. if there is life on two other planets or evidence for life despite being microscopic that could show that life isn't that rare.
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Oh yes I have heard of The Drake equation but hadn't known exactly how finding
evidence of [local] life (microscopic or otherwise) would effect it..
The theory does lend itself to the known universe and that our calculation
of 150-400 billion stars in our Galaxy is accurate enough. Because 150-400
billion is a large variable.

There is also the Fermi paradox which calculates the lack of contact with any
extraterrestrial life but that is changing all the time, chances are shrinking
due to the Metric expansion of space; unfortunately.
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Well you also have to consider that it's only been very very recently since we developed technology to send out information to space and that information is probably only 100 light years out there max, there is probably a good chance there is life out there that could be as complicated as we are, maybe even in our own galaxy. But as far as things go we haven't really advertised out presense that much, there is also the possibility that civilisations like ours destroy themselves before really maturing to a point of proper space exploration, which is unfortunately a possibility for the human race.

As for the expanding of galaxies there is one galaxy that i think we could explore in the future without any problems, i think that's the andromeda galaxy. That's only the case because we're on a crash course with it and seems to be the only case of galaxies where a galaxy is actually coming towards us rather than away from us. (i saw this in a documentary so correct me if i'm wrong here)

But yeah the main part is that seeming that the galaxies are speeding away from one another and we've only had technology to send information out at 100 light years max it seems rather unlikely that we'd see any significant other forms of life like us unless we know that bending the fabric of space is actually feasable. Which makes me wonder, if we could make wormholes, would that potentially make the problem of an expanding universe irrelevant?
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I could not agree more about the possibility of life developing
and destroying itself before a proper chance is taken. Which is
a shame and as the great Stephen Hawking has stated that we our
selves need to venture out onto other planets if our race is to
survive.

That is a great possibility with Andromeda (with its current and
devastating course) I think the great minds of younger generations
should look into and will look into hopefully.

Apparently I did read somewhere (I Think Newscientist) that now
they think wormholes can exist more easily than previously known.
That they appear and disappear much more often than we might have
thought but only very briefly and at a small scale. which is
one step closer...
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very cool pic, well done. Excellent. :)
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excellent.
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Thank you!
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you're welcome!
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nice lighting... very compelling
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Greetings,
Very interesting conceptual image.

Best regards,
Michael C. Turner
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