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Argosy-UBS-Shroud-Jettison by Drell-7 Argosy-UBS-Shroud-Jettison by Drell-7
The Argosy Spacecraft separate At just under a million miles to Mars orbit insertion. At this point, a series of precisely timed maneuvers occur. The upper section of the 2 part biological and thermal isolation shroud separates, and Reaction Control thrusters fire to distance the ships from the shroud petals. This exposes the 12 unmanned probes that will be deployed into direct entry trajectories to Mars. Four of these will return samples to the orbiting ships, while others will carry specialized rovers and experiments which will be directed from the mission spacecraft once in orbit. These will be released over the next several days in order to put them on precise final paths to touchdown points on Mars. After the probes have been dispatched, the Probe Deck will be jettisoned, exposing each ship's manned lander.

Modeled in Lightwave 10, with touch up and effects in Photoshop.
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mannazman01 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Awesome work! You can almost think you are right  there!
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bcollins39302 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I used it for a poll, hope you don't mind
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HerNameIsDren Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Very nice
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Eagle1Division Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy - !! :la:
That's AMAZING!

Haha, maybe you'll have to do some cover art and such for my to-be novel some day, eh? :XD: lol
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jsuchuaato25 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That's really cool, good work. :)
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jhmart1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
...Looks extremely real! Great job!
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic work
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karanua Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All that junk moving in mars orbit.. reminds me of the jump point billboard "keep space clean - dump in jump".
Excellent picture, I especially like the way you've depicted the attitude jets firing.
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QPsychosis Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifully done indeed.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice! Love the fine debris reflecting in the light and the RCS fire.
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