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    Exploration of Mars painting by NASA artist.

    Pat Rawlings Original Painting "Distant Shores," with Signed Letter of Provenance from the Artist. An absolutely stunning piece of artwork from this legendary space artist, 24.5" x 14.5" (sight size). A familiar image that has been reproduced in Time Magazine (January 26, 2004- issue included with lot) and other publications, painted for NASA in 1993. In the included 8.5" x 11" letter, Rawlings describes this art, as follows:

    "After driving a short distance from their Ganges Chasma landing site on Mars, two explorers stop to inspect a robotic lander and its small rover. This stop also allows the traverse crew to check out the life support systems of their rover and spacesuits within walking distance of the base.

    "The title 'Distant Shores' refers to the foreground explorer's wrist communicator display of his wife and child on the beach. Standing on the distant, arid shore of Mars wearing a bulky pressure suit, nothing could appear to be more distant than his family's humid, swimsuit-appropriate environment.

    "I designed the vehicle in the background in response to a request that the picture include a Martian 'Humvee'. NASA's Exploration Office at Johnson Space Center wanted to have a vehicle that could, like the Apollo Lunar Lander, be completely depressurized, thereby not requiring a bulky airlock.

    "I used a combination of airbrush and paintbrush techniques to produce a naturalistic appearance that includes atmospheric perspective caused by dust suspended in Mars tenuous atmosphere. The robotic rover is supposed to be similar to the Pathfinder Sojourner rover. [Signed] Pat Rawlings/ 11-26-03/ Houston, Texas".

    For more than thirty years, Rawlings has visually documented the future of space exploration. His clients include NASA, Lockheed, U.S. Air Force, Smithsonian Air & Space, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Time-Life Books, Walt Disney Television Productions, and IMAX Space Films and his illustrations have been published extensively worldwide. Please note that Rawlings and other NASA artists are now working with computer graphics rather than paint and brushes. Actual paintings such as this are remnants of a bygone era. This museum-quality artwork has been tastefully matted and framed to an overall 30.5" x 20.5". A rare opportunity. Excellent condition.

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