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Ikarus 2033 by MolDesignStudio Ikarus 2033 by MolDesignStudio
A manned mission to a newly discovered moon orbiting Pluto.
Although this natural satellite lacks impact craters, it is known that much of its history was marked by volcanic activity, creating vast solidified pools of ancient basaltic lava.

- Vue 10
- Photoshop CS5

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templerman Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Very interesting idea, and something of a mystery. Although, some question the possibility of your concept of a small rocky moon, It could have been the rocky core of a moon like Enceladus that lost its ice cover while encountering objects thrown out of there original locations. If you think about the orbital perturbations of the Gas and Ice Giants, during the early part of the Solar System's history, almost anything considered  improbable might turn out to be realities.
ralfmaeder Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great lighting and texturing.
MolDesignStudio Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks buddy, glad you commented!
Commander-jao Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
alterbr33d Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent planet making in Vue. Is the craft to the left from a photo?

Why man a mission to Pluto?

Manned missions should take place if there is a chance of life on the object, mine-able resources for Earth, or attributes that can support human life.
ren-rko Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ludo38 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice!!
JanaHart Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
v4nssi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student General Artist
This is great!
Pineapple-Insurance Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist
I absolutely adore this type of spacecraft design!
Ebonstorm Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Love the piece. Only difficulty I have would have is a scientific one. There would be only a fraction of the light available if this were Pluto. The sun when seen from that distance of 3 billion miles is little more than the twinkling of the stars themselves. Other than that, this piece ROCKS. Love the detail on the exploration craft. Lots of bits and dangling parts, just like NASA used to make... [link]
MolDesignStudio Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work on the ship.

Interesting texture for the moon.
Mechatherium Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
For worldlets out there, you're more likely to see volcanism involving ice and frozen gases (or stuff that would be gas on Earth.
Freak-Angel56 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Ariel-X Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the bright light and interesting detail. Great material on the moon!
Unstung Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The moon is interesting and reminiscent of others with a varied surface, but the context of the image shows that it's nowhere near "hard" sci-fi.

If another moon is discovered orbiting Pluto, it surely will not have enough mass to form a sphere and will appear like a stereotypical small Kuiper belt object (i.e. icy asteroid). Given the implied albedo of this moon, Hubble and many ground-based telescopes would've been able to resolve it many years ago. Also, having solar panels that far out are pretty much useless and I can recognize some pieces of the spacecraft as parts of the ISS. First of all, the ISS is not designed to go outside of low Earth orbit at all; second, Pluto receives roughly 1/1600th (1/40^2) of sunlight that Earth does, so using modern and near-future solar cells would be far too inefficient.

Technically, ignoring science fact, the background is well done and I have no complaints, but the foreground includes an over-exposed montage of parts of spacecraft that do not fit properly. The lighting on the spacecraft also does not match the moon. It's distracting from the nicely rendered and conceptualized background. The placement of items in the image is fine, but exposing the spacecraft properly (or possibly using a different one) and matching the light better with the background would improve the image dramatically. If you're committed to using the same spacecraft, maybe pretending the "camera" is not set to use the hyperfocal distance and has a wide aperture (i.e. make the foreground somewhat blurry) may work better since I think the quality of the foreground is poor compared to the background.
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Unstung Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Charon is nearly as large as Pluto (when comparing it to the moons of other planets), and it is massive enough to have its gravity form it into a sphere 1200 km in diameter. That's why it was discovered decades before all of Pluto's other known moons. Roughly, a typical satellite which is composed mostly of silicates will have to be 300 km wide to become spherical (I believe Mimas is just above this limit). The moon Hyperion is a few hundred kilometers across but low density so it has an odd shape. Nix, Hydra and the two newly discovered moons are much smaller, only a few dozen kilometers across at the most and their shape is unknown. Their size is only estimated based on their albedo and possible composition. New Horizons will refine their measurements and may even image them with detail for the first time during its flyby in 2015. Imagine Pluto's smaller moons to be the size of Mars' moon Phobos, which is not spherical at all. Nix, Hydra, P4, and P5 simply have nowhere near the necessary mass to become spherical. Also, technically, not even the planets are perfect spheres (see: oblate spheroid).
jrmalone Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this! The moon texture is amazing. Very, very nice work.
MolDesignStudio Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Always appreciated when you comment! Thanks jrmalone!
jrmalone Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, Bjorn. I've been absent way too long. I hope we can chat again sometime.
MolDesignStudio Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That would be nice indeed, just give me shout in skype mate.
ONLYoneCANNOLI Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it would be interesting to find basalt that far out.
markusglanzer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Clearly planet X marks the spot.

Contact with the Ikarus crew ceased 2 hours after final orbit insertion burn, and could not be reestablished.
The origin of the strange lines and structure like rock formations will stay a mystery. The tragedy leaves NASA covered in masses of red tape.

Yes. I like that one.
MolDesignStudio Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! Good one :D
polosatkin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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