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2010-staging by Drell-7 2010-staging by Drell-7
Another in Rob Caswell's and my series of images based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel 2010: Odyssey Two. the Discovery and Leonov have been linked together by carbon filament ribbon, in order that Discovery be able to boost Leonov out of the Jupiter system. In order to accomplish the maneuver, the ships have first had to fall inward toward Jupiter, using the energy of the downhill run to add to their total velocity. Discovery then engaged its plasma drive, draining the last remnants of fuel from its tanks. Now, having cast off from Discovery, Leonov's drive, invented by the Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov,  bursts into brilliant life, lighting up the night side cloudscape of Jupiter beneath. Megalighting can be seen dotting the cloudscape as well.

Done in Lightwave 10 and Photoshop CS 6.

Thanks for having a look!
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Calling it staging just seems like such a sick joke when the first stage is a sentient spaceship about to die.  I admit I did have a dark humor chuckle before realizing it.
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I kinda like the dynamic of this.  While the aeorbraking has more flash and the ignition burn is a bit more awe inspiring with the eclipse look, with everything zoomed in in the series, this one pulling back feels like it has some finality to it.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! And, yes, there is a certain black humor in the title. The crew of Leonov are more than willing to put HAL in what might be mortal danger, to save their own skins. This is probably a comment by Clarke on our uncanny ability to make one group more expendable than another. Especially since the adults in the room--the non corporeal entities behind the monoliths find it worth their while to rescue HAL, elevating him to an equal of Bowman.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
They are bugging out!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
If a Ghost and several square miles of big black enigmatic monolith don't scare you a little, its time to check the pulse! :D
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Kasterborous Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Sakharov drive FTW!

When this series of images is over, could you do some detailed views of your Alexei Leonov model?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! Super detail with the cast-off filaments, and the complementary colors of Discovery and Jupiter almost make it look 3D. Bravo!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you , sir. I really wanted to show the filaments glinting in the hellish glare. The complimentaries are an old trick, but it does work.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Writer
Wow....the glare actually seems to hurt my eyes. Ouchtastic!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice! That's what I was going for! Try Visene.
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