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2004-Nov-05, 07:51 AM
SUMMARY: Futures: 50 Years in Space, The Challenge of the Stars, a superb new art book/astronomy guide by David A Hardy and Sir Patrick Moore was published in May 2004 (read the Universe Today review here). David took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with Richard Pearson about his passion for both art and space, and his long-lasting friendship and working relationship with Sir Patrick Moore.

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2004-Nov-05, 12:45 PM
Ooh, I've got that book; excellent illustrations from 50 years of speculation. Particularly intertesting are the old space shops adapted in the fifties from designs by Arthur Clarke and Werner von Braun;

and the different interpretations of the surface of Titan over the years ios fascinating too.
Hardy first coloured the sky and atmosphere of Titan pale green, as methane in large quantities has a green colour; Uranus and Neptune both show traces of this methane colouration.

Later, when the presence of tholins and other orange coloured organics in the clouds were detected, he added an orange sky to his later illustrations.

Soon we should have real-colour views of this interesting world from the surface.