Apollo Lunar Excursion Module 1962

This is the first image in a new series that will depict the design evolution of the Apollo Lunar Module. I have always been fascinated by the many iterations that the lunar lander went through during its conception and development. Spacecraft designers conquered seemingly endless impossible engineering challenges while figuring out how to get people to the Moon and back. As the early Apollo program was beginning to take shape, NASA engineers were working to decide among three different methods of landing astronauts on the Moon. The mode called Lunar Orbit Rendezvous was chosen. That meant an entirely new kind of spacecraft had to be developed – one that was specifically designed to land on the Moon, then lift off from the surface and rendezvous with a mother ship in lunar orbit. Spacecraft designers at Langley Research Center, led by Maxime Faget, worked through several designs in the evolution of the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM). This image depicts one of the earliest LEM designs from 1962. —- More info: http://pixel-planet-pictures.com/art/lunar-module-01.htm —- Dave Ginsberg —- 3ds max, Photoshop, Illustrator —- 2019

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Dave Ginsberg

Dave Ginsberg is an analytical left-brained artist and a creative right-brained engineer. His artwork combines his passions for spaceflight, astronomy, science, teaching, and the visual arts. Dave has been a member of the IAAA since 2016. His artwork has been displayed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Seattle’s Museum of Flight, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Spacefest in Tucson, Arizona, The Art of Planetary Science exhibitions at the University of Arizona, the ASF Space Rendezvous in Houston, Texas, and the Digital Arts Festival in Redmond, Washington. Dave’s 16-foot tall solar system mural was on permanent display at Seattle’s Museum of Flight from 2007 to 2017. His work has been published in the IAAA Pulsar magazine and Dennis Jenkins' book, Space Shuttle, Developing an Icon. Dave designed the insignia for collectSPACE which has been used as the website’s brand identity since 2013. He created the logo for the National Association of Rocketry "Pay Forward" 2017 fundraising campaign. Three of Dave’s creations have made trips into Earth orbit and back, having flown on space shuttle Atlantis, the Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft, and the International Space Station. Dave’s space art portfolio can be found at pixel-planet-pictures.com. Follow Dave on Twitter @pixelplanetpics.

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