Galilean Hiking: Callisto

Rounding out the Galilean Hiking series, our mission specialists return to the Jovian area a couple years later and are poking around one of the many ice spires and knobs that are found on the surface. Digitally painted in Sketchbook Pro. 22/03/2104, 03:19:15 UTC MS1: I’m glad we finally got back out here, I’ve been wanting to look at these spires for a couple years now. MS2: I’m glad you’re glad. MS1: Still finding Callisto boring? MS2: This thruster pack helps make up for it, but I do prefer Europa and Io; more complex chemistry to do. … MS2: How about a story while you pick at the ice? MS1: Hm.. sure, go for it. MS2: So, last trip someone was telling me about this odd voice that pops in on radio chatter from time to time. MS1: Uh-huh. MS2: And of course it seems like it could be a prankster, but all open comm traffic in the Jupiter system is logged. MS1: Right. MS2: So some people say it could be a ghost, but why’d a ghost be around these parts? No one’s died in the system to date; no one’s lived here full-time for that matter. MS1: Hm. MS2: SO, other people think the trans-humans that buggered off from Earth during the singularity might be hanging around out here. MS1: A modern ghost story then. Heard some while we were at Copernicus City years ago. MS2: Don’t think it’s likely then? MS1: Why would trans-humans bother handing around here? Decades on from the singularity and they could have left the entire Solar System by now, transmitted themselves to parts unknown. MS2: Maybe some of them like staying close to home? MS1: Nah they don’t. N/A: Sure we do! … MS2: Valhalla Station, can you repeat? VHL: Negative, excursion party. No one’s made any open transmissions in the last hour. … MS1: So… trans-humans that are also pranksters then? MS2: I’m going back inside. MS1: Hey! You can’t leave me out here solo! Cheeky trans-human-ghost-things aside, I’ve got samples to collect! N/A: Yeah! That’s bad form for EVAs!

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Jett McIntyre Furr is an artist and graphic designer from Stanly County, North Carolina. His parents named him for aviation, and since an early age has had great interest in all things aviation and space related. Jett's primary training from college is in graphic design, but he also has experience with character design, digital paintings, 3D modeling, and video editing. He has previously worked as an intern and then volunteer at PBS affiliate WTVI Charlotte, and currently is available for freelance work, having done commissions mainly for individuals and a local game company. Lately, Jett has been applying what he has learned back to his love of space, and has a particular interest in the gas giants and exoplanets, using the digital brush to explore places and ideas that people have yet to explore themselves. Career-wise, Jett is looking to get into the animation industry and design characters and backgrounds for animated shows, and he is also looking into how to do illustration or other art and design work for space-related jobs. In joining the IAAA he hopes to learn from the experiences of community members and share what he learns in turn, and to possibly open up opportunities for professional work. Though most of all, he just wants to learn new things about space and be able to discuss it with artists around the world. There's always more to learn!

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