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Argosy: Landscape, with Aliens by Drell-7 Argosy: Landscape, with Aliens by Drell-7
Safely on the ground, the surface crew of Argosy 1 tests their Mars legs, and takes a moment to take in the view at their home for the next eight months.
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txsnew Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Hey! And where is the aliens? People for them aren't considered!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Sorry, the humans ARE the aliens, from the point of view of Mars.
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I-Phillip Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2014
Spectacular art! Very believable and realistic design, mind my asking which parts of it compose the ascent craft?
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks like NASA's MEM design of the 1980s.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep! Actually, the first version of it I've found was in von Braun's Mars mission design from 1969-70. Its changed scale a couple of times, but the ascent/descent stage configuration, the landing legs, etc. have stayed pretty much the same.
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's correct.
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DallellesLaul Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
What a disappointment for the aliens though. ... A machine from somewhere else Lands and isn't even manned... Or is she? :-D
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hmm, I think you missed the point of the title-the aliens in this context are the human astronauts. :D
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DallellesLaul Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Looks like I did..
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like it! Nicely designed pod, the scene is very realistic and believable too!
My only crit would be on the pod's maneuvering thrusters, the ones aimed down would be blowing gasses into the body of the pod itself. That is of course, unless they extend some more.

Nice work!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
As for the attitude jets, I think its a perspective issue. On the model I built you can see the angle of the thrusters allows the hot part of the exhaust to miss the lower body. That's just not obvious from this angle. They're only putting out about 600 newtons, so the unfocused splash on the descent stage wouldn't hurt anything, maybe just discolor the material a little.
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Writer
Absolutely awesome. I love Mars, and this really captures the kind of exploring that we'd do :D
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks you, Doctor! I hope we get to see something like this in our lifetimes!
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Joey1058 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting. Is this based on a prototype?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
It never got to the mock-up or prototype stage, but von Braun and the Boeing people took it to a fairly high degree of engineering drawings. This was back when the study for this mission was being done, circa 1968-69. You can read about the study here: [link]
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most excellent work. I am curious if you will also have a vehicle cramped into the lander. Looking forward to the return trip as well ;)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Its not clear if this lander could carry a rover or not. Its not out of the question that a LRV sized vehicle could have been carried, but it would be a tight fit, and offer meager mobility for only 2 of the 3 ground crew. The 1968 Boeing Mars mission study, which von Braun modified for this 1969 version, featured a Mars Excursion Module that was essentially the same design as this one, but scaled up about 33%. That one included a large rover, as well as a 2 deck living module in the descent stage. For this version, I think the most likely solution would be an inflatable habitat and rover would be delivered separately in an unmanned lander.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds logical indeed
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Bartlebooth Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great martian feel in this scene, great work!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! That Mars terrain took a long time to build and texture, but I've gotten a lot of scenes out of it! Its based on Spirit and Opportunity data.
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic ----- Bravo
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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dcmstarships Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always liked this Mars lander design
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Me too! Its the one speced out in the 1969 vonBraun Mars architecture, originally designed by Boeing. It has a really solid feel to it-and of course its based on the Apollo cone proportions, sense they really understood the aerodynamic qualities of that design.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Writer
The best thing about your artwork, Tom, is it feels like watching NASA TV for a mission in progress right now.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Kon! I guess that's because I WANT it to be happening right now....
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Writer
When it does, I hope it looks as cool as your images!
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Medjugore Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A marsian landscape now, curious!
Epic 3D art!
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The Martian landscape is getting curiously familiar...
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad you got rebitten by Mars fever :)
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I figure I got them TO Mars, now I've got to get them back!
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GrahamTG Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me to !!
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