Looping the Moon

This started when I found an illustration of what the first “Apollo 8” style flight around the Moon may look like. I enjoyed the composition, and decided to try something similar. My first attempt did not really work, I copied the cropping of the Moon, and the lighting was too realistic. This is the second version, in this I included the whole Moon, (which seems to give a stronger impression of the Moon floating in open space), exaggerated the relief detail, (which felt right for the period), and made the sunlight distinctly yellow, with a stronger blue fill from Earthshine. The craft is the old von Braun “Round the Moon” design, period appropriate for the mission.

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Nick Stevens

I studied astronomy at University College London, but failed to get my degree. For many years pre-internet, I ran the bulletin board "Starbase 1", which is why you will frequently see me referring to myself as that! I was on the board of the IAAA. I operate exclusively in digital formats using many different software packages. Most often Lightwave 3d, Vue, Gaea, and Affinity Photo. I also enjoy oddball graphics packages like Xenodream, Amberlight, and others.

I'm particularly interested in the early Soviet space program, and I have served as a consultant on that subject.

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