The Way It Was Imagined: 1962 LEM

The second work in my collection honoring the engineering development of the Apollo Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) is now complete. Beginning in the early 1960s, spacecraft designers at NASA’s Langley Research Center worked through several designs in the evolution of the LEM. The image features the same early LEM design from 1962 that I unveiled in February, now depicted just after landing on the Moon as it might have been imagined by artists of the time. The style of the scene echoes that of early concept illustrations that were typical of the period. Steep mountains dominate the lunar landscape. A crater has been excavated into the soft dusty surface by the descent engine exhaust plume. The sky is dotted with brilliant stars and is filled with bright cloud-like areas of color. The Earth is shown as a cloudless globe. And, the Apollo Command and Service modules are clearly visible streaking overhead. —- More info: —- Dave Ginsberg —- 3ds max, Gaea, 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 International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) since 2016 and serves on its Board of Trustees. 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 Follow Dave on Twitter @pixelplanetpics.

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