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spherical
01-18-2017, 01:02 AM
Only a few short months ago, we had completed our Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award bestowed this year upon Eugene A. Cernan by the National Aviation Hall Of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. It depicts the moment that Gene became the test pilot that he never considered himself to be; as were his colleagues in the Astronaut Office. With Gene at the controls as LM Pilot, Apollo 10's LM descended to within 8.4 miles of the Lunar surface, jettisoning the Descent Stage after a short orbit and returning safely to dock with the CSM in higher orbit; thereby proving that Lunar Orbit Rendezvous and all of the systems did indeed work and that the path for Apollo 11 was sound.

The full-scale sculpture was first fully modeled in detail in LightWave and then reproduced in cut, fused, molded and cast glasses of various types, colors and finishes. The LM Ascent Stage is constructed from a blizzard of cut and molded glass pieces, all derived from the main polys of the model used as individual component patterns, then carefully reassembled to form the LM shape in Real 3D. That is one complicated little sucker and, yes, it's hollow; you can look in the windows. The Descent Stage can be seen tumbling into the distance. The star diorama is 3/8" thick, 15" tall, three layers. The CSM is deep etched into the reverse. The Lunar Surface is 1.5" thick cast glass. The Glass LM close-up is life-size at 1920x1080 screen resolution. More on it and the 2015 award we created for James A. Lovell, Commander: Apollo 13 at: http://glasssculpture.org/awards/nationalaviation/

Gene loved his, as does Jim his (our second for Jim). We are honored by them both and wish that Gene had more time to have enjoyed it and us him. We'll miss him.

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Felipe Soto
01-18-2017, 12:50 PM
Good work! And thanks for sharing. We can only be thankful such men and women come into our lives and inspire us.

spherical
01-18-2017, 08:14 PM
Thanks! Let's all hope that humankind's desire to learn of the Universe we are in, and the concerted efforts to know it, doesn't turn out to be all for naught simply for lack of vision.