It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.   Robert H. Goddard
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LUNA CORPORATION CARGO SHUTTLE If the United States is ever to return astronauts to the moon as a component of a broader policy of space exploration, part of that goal will entail the development of spacecraft capable of not only getting us there, but maintaining our presence as well.  According to many space experts, the most likely impetus for a return to the moon and establishing permanent bases will be tourism and scientific research. Lunar bases could be used to test advanced space technologies with an eye toward other destinations.  Of course, a vehicle would be required to ferry equipment and provisions to the inhabitants of any lunar base, and it is that idea that resulted in the Lunar Corporation Cargo Shuttle.  The basic shape of this 1/48th scale model was built up with 1/16 acrylic sheet and ABS tubing.  Panel scribing, sheet and strip styrene and various kit parts provided the details.  I drew inspiration for the front section of the Cargo Shuttle from both the classic Bottle Suit (from the mid-1950’s Disney/von Braun TV collaboration ‘Man in Space’) and the space Pod from 2001: A Space Odyssey, which itself was a direct descendant of the Bottle Suit. In thinking of how best to display the Cargo Shuttle, it seemed that the obvious solution was to build some sort of landing pad and surrounding terrain.  After a few sketches, what I arrived at was similar to the landing pads seen ins ‘Space:1999’, although mine is decidedly more low-tech - - no extendable docking arm or elevator platform - - but I did include landing lights and a cargo loading arm modeled very closely on the space shuttle’s remote manipulator arm. Gold Award - Wonderfest 2004
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