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S88-33651 --- This painting was done by Eagle Engineering artists who are working with Eagle and NASA engineers on concepts born from a NASA sponsored project called the Lunar Base Systems Study. The art was also used as a visual at an April 1988 Houston-hosted conference titled Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21st Century. It was created to illustrate some of the landing facilities as they might appear near the end of a Phase II Lunar Base, the possibilities of which are being considered in the NASA-sponsored study. In this artist's concept the landing has occurred just after dawn. Earth appears over the Rook Mountains in the east across the dry lakebed of Lacus Veris. The lander sits in the middle of 100-meter diameter gravel landing pad where it is being readied for its stay on the lunar surface. Inside, crewmembers are shutting down the flight systems and configuring the lander for its layover. The pressurized vehicle in the foreground is connected to the lander, waiting to take the crew back to the base. The transfer tunnel has been connected the lander and the vehicle to allow the crew easy access. Beneath the lander an astronaut begins the process of changing an engine by removing and relocating an old engine with a mounting rig. Changing modular line replaceable units is the first form of flight vehicle servicing to take place at the lunar base. To the right of the lander, a Propellant Refill Vehicle is being used to salvage hydrogen remaining in the tanks, a task requiring fast action before the Sun heats the tanks and evaporates the fuel. A crane removes a small canister containing the personal items of the arriving crew along with some small experiments and incidental supplies. The artwork was done by Pat Rawlings of Eagle. The principal investigator on this concept is Paul Philips.

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 01/04/2006
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