September Art Challenge: von Braun's Ultimate Space Program

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by aridas sofia, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. aridas sofia

    aridas sofia Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    September Art Challenge:

    Star Trek tells us a little about their Earth's early efforts to reach space. Their moon landing mission happened in "the late 1960s".

    We know about the launch of a nuclear weapons platform in April 1968.

    We know there were six "Voyager" missions in the 1970s.

    We know that by 1996 Earth is able to buid the DY-100 spacecraft, and has the ability to put spacefarers in hibernation.

    Finally, Earth is able to launch the Nomad MK-15c interstellar probe in 2002 and that probe is equipped with magnetohydrodynamic propulsion.

    How did the people of that Earth pull off such feats? Well, they had the benefit of Wernher von Braun's Ultimate Space Program. In the 1950s, von Braun worked with Disney to show us a space program that could be -- now it will be your job to "imagineer" a space program that never was. Put into pictures the known and unknown bits of a space program that could accomplish things we can only dream of from the perspective of our 2007.

    One thing I want to do is make the contest open to the widest (and wildest) possible types of artistic presentation, so keep that in mind.

    Some help:

    Project MARS: A Technical Tale by Wernher von Braun
    http://www.amazon.com/Project-MARS-Wernher-von-Braun/dp/0973820330

    The Dream Machines: An Illustrated History of the Spaceship in Art, Science and Literature by Ron Miller
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0894640...6476086-2120843

    Michael J. Neufeld "Space superiority": Wernher von Braun's campaign for a nuclear-armed space station, 1946–1956. Space Policy 2006; 22:52–62.

    In an internal memo dated January 16, 1969 von Braun had confirmed to his staff that he would stay on as a Center Director at Huntsville to head the Apollo Applications Program:
    http://history.msfc.nasa.gov/vonbraun/announcement_4.pdf

    From Time, Friday, Jul. 25, 1969 "NEXT, MARS AND BEYOND"

    Finally, an invaluable website for those wanting to see some of what was in mind, and never came to pass:
    http://www.abo.fi/~mlindroo/SpaceLVs/Slides/sld001.htm

    Good luck!
     
  2. Mysterion

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    Re: September Art Challenge: von Braun's Ultimate Space Prog

    Aridas:

    Folks might find this site helpful/inspierational as well:

    Man Conquers Space.com

    The movie clips of their work in progress are just plain amazing. I can't wait to see thir finished product.
     
  3. Trekker4747

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    When is the "due date" for the completed entries?

    Since the challenge didn't start until Sept. 10, does that mean we have until Oct. 10?
     
  4. Klaus

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    They usually end at the end of the month, midnight GMT [bbs time] on Hallowe'en in this case.
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  5. Trekker4747

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    Did they move Halloween to September?
     
  6. Klaus

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    :brickwall: :vulcan: :scream:
    ...hard to get good help!
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  7. aridas sofia

    aridas sofia Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    It would be fine with me to extend the deadline but the problem is, such an extension will delay the beginning of the October contest. It's not up to me, but I'd guess TPTB will want to have this month's contest end at midnight, September 30th/ October 1st.
     
  8. USS Mariner

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    Re: September Art Challenge: von Braun's Ultimate Space Prog

    What about splitting the difference, say October 5th?
     
  9. Ptrope

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    Re: September Art Challenge: von Braun's Ultimate Space Prog

    Well, the end of the month is still 12 days away - nearly half a month - and with my current schedule of weekends without the Web, ending it on the 5th would not only cut 5 days into the next contest, but probably a full week, as I wouldn't be able to post the poll until the night of the 7th. It looks like the potential entrants are enthusiastically posting, changing, and posting again, so it seems to me that meeting the normal deadline won't be a problem, and since the 30th is a Sunday, I'll be back online in time to have the poll created shortly after midnight (GMT, of course ;)).

    And, hey, this is the last month I have to go offline, so we should be right as rain come the end of October :thumbsup:.
     
  10. Trekker4747

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    Re: September Art Challenge: von Braun's Ultimate Space Prog

    Are the threads themselves suitable entries or is a more formal entry (PMing someone) required?
     
  11. Klaus

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    Re: September Art Challenge: von Braun's Ultimate Space Prog

    You'll need to email your entry to Ptrope [ ptrope at gmail.com ] by the deadline for inclusion...
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  12. aridas sofia

    aridas sofia Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Re: September Art Challenge: von Braun's Ultimate Space Prog

    Well, I had hoped to get something together for this month's contest, but no dice. That doesn't mean you get off so easily however, and anyone with an entry is reminded to make sure you have submitted it via email to Ptrope (gedwards at ptrope.com) by midnight tonight.

    Good luck!
     
  13. Ihlecreations

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    Re: September Art Challenge: von Braun's Ultimate Space Prog

    I really wish I had the time this month to do this. But now that my house is bought and my fiance is now my WIFE!!!! , things are getting back to normal in the Ihle household, I will be ready for Octobers contest.