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Gemini Twins by markkarvon Gemini Twins by markkarvon
When the first Agena Target Vehicle exploded during launch, the Gemini VI mission was left without a rendezvous target. It was soon determined however that the following Gemini VII spacecraft would make a good substitute. Gemini VII launched first. Part of its mission was to spend enough time in space to simulate a journey to the moon and back. On December 15, 1965 the renamed Gemini VI-A launched. After achieving orbit the spacecraft was able to locate and maneuver to rendezvous with Gemini VII. The two craft maintained station for 5 hours coming as close as 30 cm. This was the first time two spacecraft had flown so close together in space and confirmed the feasibility of the docking maneuvers that would be required for a journey to the moon.
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Elitanna Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
amazing
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Zortje Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Great drawing, very nice details :)
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It's more of a painting.
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Zortje Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Oh, I actually wondered what the actual difference is? (Between a painting and a drawing)
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
This has been featured in news article [link]
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for including my work in the feature. :)
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
NP.
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IsaacBickerstaff Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
I recently re-watched "From the Earth to the Moon", the first episode of which races through the Gemini program. The graphics in it might have been extremely good, but they weren't this good.
What you've managed to create is an absolutely captivating image.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.

I love that series. My favorite in the Apollo 12 episode. Those guys really had some fun. :)
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IsaacBickerstaff Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
My favourite's either that one or the one about Alan Shepard. And yes, it's a great series. Tom Hanks has come a long way from Mazes and Monsters and Bachelor Party :)
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
I remember this. Excellent work.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
You are most welcome, Kind Sir.
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Fantastic. Actual space exploration is, to me, far more interesting than anything that Hollywood could ever dream up.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Deus-est-femina Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful, i can just imagine a Neil Armstrong at the controls of one talking quietly and collectively as if he was on the phone rather than orbiting 30cm from the other gemini....

stunning, evocative work!! :D :woohoo:
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Neil actually flew on Gemini 8.
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Deus-est-femina Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
doh! it's been too long since i read some books on this, my history is getting rusty....
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I had recently done an Ed White spacewalk image, but nowhere near this level of quality. Is this strictly digi-paint or is there some 3d in there?
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It is a 2D work.
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Noendinwhenever Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
It's amazing how you made your image jump right out. It seems like you are there!
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
outstanding!
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SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful picture! Reminds me of sitting at the TV and just staring in wonder at these events!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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Timekeeper9 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Excellent work, sir! Beautifully captured event. :clap:
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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MasPix Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
As always wonderful work
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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MasPix Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
yw ure an amazing artist.. just keep creating & showing... best wishes
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Medvezh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely again. I never thought I'd enjoy watching spacecraft - but I do!

Isn't there Sputnik 1 in your future plans? :)
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I haven't really considered satellites. I tend to stick to manned subjects.
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Cool! The song Gemini Dream comes to mind.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Aah yes, The Moody Blues. Reminds me of college for some reason.
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
LOL! I thought you'd get that one.hehe
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ByteStudio Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
The detail on the gold foil looks AMAZING - excellent work!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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VarthDaider Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I love this one. You are recreating all the grand adventure of that time. As for me these were "The Events".

A far nicer set of events to remember than those of today (I think).

I do remember sitting and watching a Television Set as Walter Cronkite had only models to show us and we listened to voice only of what was happening.

We had to wait a few days for Life Magazine to see such images.

Anyway, thanks for sharing this, it made my day.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Part of the enjoyment for me is the nostalgia attached to the era. I'm glad it stirred up some good feeling in you too.
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Unstung Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Gemini, Vostok, Apollo, Soyuz, what next? I'm highly interested in spaceflight, and you do a fantastic job on these pieces. If I was alive back then, the rendezvous would have been a memorable mission for me.
Paraphrasing what a Gemini rendezvous is like in "From the Earth to the Moon": You stand in the back yard, I'll stand in the front yard, you throw a tennis ball over my roof and I'll try to hit it with a rock as it comes sailing over.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. The rendezvous was really an achievement at the time.
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karanua Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great pic Mark, these were the first flights I have concious memory of seeing on tv.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Dave. I was still a baby.
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acela Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Great job. Love the hues on the foil.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
It was a great moment--I always thought they were beautiful capsules. Supposedly more-advanced than Apollo in some ways.

Thank you for the image.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
They were very good looking. The Gemini program really moved the bounds of flight forward.
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tanker22052 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Fantastic work!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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Eagle1Division Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This was one of the greatest periods in the history of all Mankind. For all of history, we have lived on the world we were born on. But, for the first time, we reached into the heavens, and became an intelligent, civilized, space-faring race. We were, for a time, interested in our development as a civilization. Not as a group of people making money, not as an individual, not as a group of people living under the same leadership that claims a piece of land, but our progress as a species.
It was a competition with the Soviets, granted, but we, humans, were stepping into new territory for the first time since Magellan circumnavigated the globe.
For the first time since industrialization, we, as a species, were making progress.

The greatest cataclysm for the progress of human civilization was the fall of the Roman Empire.
The second greatest is our retreat back to Earth.
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karanua Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing saddens me more than the retreat back and the lack of funding provided for such endeavours in the post cold war environment.
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