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The final image in Rob Caswell and my series based on details within Arthur C. Clarke's 2010: Odyssey Two. The Leonov nears the moon and begins the braking burn which will settle it into its final orbit. The double sunrise symbolizes the dramatic changes wrought upon Earth, and the entire Solar System, by the conversion of Jupiter into a sun.

Done in Lightwave 10 and Photoshop.

Thanks for hanging in with us, over the entire series. Its been a real challenge, and labor of love.
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Eihort Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
I got into Orbiter Space Sim years ago, and saw the Space Odyssey mod pack with the ships. The creator took the time and effort to replicate the flight base on the information from the books. It was spot on. The dates and times of the maneuvers line up perfectly where the planets would actually be, or, given the current date, where they *were*, making replicating the flight of the Leonov entirely possible with realistically spec-ed engines.

That still amazes me to this day that Clarke took the time to do the math....
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VMJML1er Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014   Digital Artist
super
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D (Big Grin) 
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vala553 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Bit of fridge horror: Wouldn't Lucifer heat up the Earth at closest approach, causing fast climate change?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
At its closest it would still be 400 million miles away, so I don't think the difference in temperature would be very significant, just ball-parking an estimate. Jupiter and Earth have two of the more circular orbits in the solar system, so not much eccentricity to worry about.
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vala553 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Hardly. That's point blank for an active star even at the small end. Then again, this is an artificial Jovian star, so who knows.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'd plead that Jupiter turns into, at most, a minimal red dwarf, considering all it does to Europa, at 414,000 miles away, is melt the ice and give it a temperate climate. But I haven't run the numbers, so I'll just put my trust in Clarke's general reputation for scientific consistency.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wicked retro, dude!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The engines are, in fact, performing a retrograde burn!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, like.... that's totally what I meant!
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TerranAbassador Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I like the fact that Lucifer's a red dwarf in this.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
:) (Smile) 
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Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Great work, but what's the orange light on the moon?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The lights on the moon are the Soviet Base at Tsiolkovsky.
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Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Was that mentioned in the book? I don't remember.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
I believe the Soviet Base is mentioned in either the novel 2001, or the novel 2010. There is actually an implication in the first book that both nations have multiple facilities in various interesting areas of the moon.
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Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Must have been a tiny mention in the novel for me to have missed it. Thanks.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've looked into both books, where I thought the mention might be, and come up with nothing! I'd have sworn it was in there somewhere. I'm now looking through Clarke's "Lost Worlds of 2001", where he published much of the material which didn't make it into the novel. But. so far, you are correct, there's no mention of a Soviet Moon Base at Tsiolkovsky, just a brief mention of a Soviet facility somewhere on the moon that Floyd's friend is returning from.
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sage68 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
I love this series  - you two did some awesome work here!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you've enjoyed it.
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acerr85 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Awesome work
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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laserhawk64 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
You've got some serious skills -- and it shows. This series has been great.

As someone commented in an earlier pic, it'd be great to have some solo and detail shots of the Leonov, from various angles. That is one pretty ship.

In particular, I'd like to see a shot of the Leonov positioned like it was in "Heeding-Bowman", but without the Discovery also in the picture. That's a great shot of the Leonov, very dramatic, and without the heat shield as well, which is interesting...
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much. I do feel like my skill set has been streghed by this series--always a good thing!

We do have some follow-up images planned, both schematics and some additional "beauty shots" of Leonov. Stay tuned!
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laserhawk64 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Sounds good :D I'll be lurkin' around... ;)
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eddievhfan1984 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Awesome. I now got your reference in the last pic, setting it up like the 2001 opening shot. Nice touch.

I'm not sure I understand why Lucifer would be so red, though. Is it from all the helium left in the atmosphere during ignition, or something.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Well, my initial justification was looking at stellar mass, and the Hertzsprung-Russel Main Sequence. I figured, even if the monoliths added enough mass to cause the initiation of the fusion reaction, it still had to be on the low end of the mass required to start up a star. Then there was the dramatic cosideration--specific color is never specified by Clarke, but the new star is instantly named "Lucifer". This implied the red color to me. And it adds dramatic contrat to the other colors in the image! :D
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eddievhfan1984 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Makes sense, actually.

I'm actually kinda wishing you might be able to tackle the appearance of Europa post-ignition, like the montage at the end of the film.
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Kasterborous Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Awesome. I have really enjoyed this picture series. 
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I' m very glad you have!
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent.  Keep up the good work, Drell.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'll keep trying!
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Jack-Abbott Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Fantastic! I wish the movie had ended this way! It would've been the perfect way to bookend the film series.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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1Wyrmshadow1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Putting in Clavius Base is a nice touch.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I thought it was important to at least suggest the origins of the original story, here. Not that there's any way for you to know, but that's actually the Soviet base, in Tsiolkovsky crater, on the Farside of the moon. And right on the horizon of the moon is the dark maria of the Sea of Crises, where Clarke's short story "The Sentinel" is set.
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