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ISS Expedition Coming Home by markkarvon ISS Expedition Coming Home by markkarvon
Designed in the 1960s, the Soyuz spacecraft has been a mainstay of Russian space flight for the past 4 decades. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the Soyuz has become the primary vehicle in the world for manned space flight. Steadily upgraded through the years, the Soyuz TMA features glass cockpit displays and state of the art computer systems. With an unequaled record for safety and shear number of flights, the Soyuz is a remarkable spacecraft. Our print depicts the Soyuz bringing 3 crew members home from their expedition to the International Space Station (ISS).
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:iconunflyedcosmonaut:
unflyedcosmonaut Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
World is floathing, drifting, falling....
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Earth below us, drifting, falling...
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RageTH Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never sen one of those before. Neat!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconrageth:
RageTH Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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tawog11 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Gravity
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, that movie was my inspiration to do something featuring Soyuz.
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:iconmeema:
Meema Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful piece.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Took a lot of time a literal blood for the soviets/russians to get there.
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dalegribble3000 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tell me about it. Apparently 3 cosmonauts were stranded out in the Russian wilderness for a few days, fending off bears.
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:iconeamr262:
EAMR262 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
An four officially died as well, were some claim in the early stages of the soviet space program there were the so called "lost cosmonauts", whose deaths were covered up by the soviet government, among them a poor soul who drifted off into space.
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dalegribble3000 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I read about how they removed a few from pictures that were part of the space program, after they vanished. But actually the Nazis were the first to send anything into space, several V-2 rockets actually were proven to be able to go into the thermosphere if launched vertically. There's even a report that they sent a man up 35000 feet in the air in the late 30s.
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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Are you a cracked.com reader by any chance?
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dalegribble3000 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, yes I am. But I don't go on there often. Maybe a few times a month, if that.
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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Yep, then we have read the same articles :D

I keep going back everyday thanks to the iphone app, but damn if the quality of the articles has gone down the drain...
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
And to think that the U.S. could still be flying the Apollo spacecraft as a LEO shuttle and interplanetary vessel. Shows the difference between the two nations. One's in space for the long run, the other can't manage itself out of a paper bag.
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lmbednark Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Uh, in addition to Nasa building the Orion MPCV (a 21st century Apollo) Nasa is also funding the development of 3 commercial manned space vehicles. So, yeah.
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Yeah, let's get going NASA!!!
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Awesome!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Lyle.
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
You bet!
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work, still flying. :D
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Certainly a vehicle that has lasted the test of time in spite of its antiquity.
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Excellent work! :clap:
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
One of the greatest spacecraft of all time!
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Soyuz was originally designed as part of the Soviet lunar program.  Its sea-level atmospheric pressurization system and secondary habitation module made it and continues to make it a far more pleasant, spacious, and safe vehicle than the Apollo ships ever were with their single command module and low-pressure pure oxygen pressurization.  NASA had to build a special adapter module in order for Apollo and Soyuz to dock together in orbit, primarily to keep the two pressurizations separated. 

Also of note is that the Soyuz launch system uses more environmentally friendly rocket fuels than the Shuttle did.  The thermite reaction that powered the SRBs created vast amounts of poisonous smoke, whilst the kerosene and hydrogen fuels used in the Soyuz rockets created nothing more dangerous than CO2.  Here's to hoping the US starts launching its own astronauts again soon.  :)
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JackZetter Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous, excellent work! :)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Enterprise206 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
another beautiful piece of work. the Soyuz may not be as beautiful or graceful like the shuttle, but the shuttle couldn't match the Soyuz in safety.good Russian quality. long lasting and reliable 
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Beautiful? Graceful? The "flying brickyard"! It was designed to do one thing; put an NSA designated volume into low orbit.
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