The long-awaited return of human expeditions to the moon took a spectacular leap forward in late 2022 with the near-textbook-perfect mission of Artemis I.
This artwork shows the Orion Crew Module and European Service Module with the moon’s spectacular northern hemisphere region as a backdrop. You may also wish to see the enlarged detail image of the Orion spacecraft itself. It can be found in the 'Astronomy and Space Exploration Art' collection of my gallery
This entire scene was created by me--no NASA images were incorporated. The spacecraft was digitally hand-"painted" using Photoshop, and the lunar background is a photo I took from my backyard observatory (my patio), using a ten-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This photo was additionally rectified in Photoshop to simulate a perspective seen from lunar orbit.
This artwork, it should be noted, does not represent an accurate depiction of the Artemis I mission itself. The lunar phase I chose from my own photo collection is not the phase that Artemis encountered (this is one of those cases when I fall back on my own artistic license mantra: "This is art--you can do that"). Pictures of the lunar far side would have been more suitable, but I don’t have any far side photos of my own. I couldn't afford the trip.
February 26th, 2023
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