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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-05-2011 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
Brian Basset Creates Commemorative Space Shuttle Cartoon

Comic strip artist Brian Basset has created a drawing depicting his characters, Red and Rover, racing alongside the space shuttle as it lands for the final time. After 30 years and more than 130 missions, NASA's space shuttle fleet will retire later this year.

A poster commemorating the shuttle program's 30th anniversary will feature Basset's cartoon and a patch selected as part of a contest among NASA employees to honor the program.


Download an electronic version of the 30th anniversary poster. Credit: Brian Basset/NASA

"The U.S. space program has been the one constant throughout my entire life," Basset said. "I was humbled and honored when given the opportunity to create the art for the commemorative Space Shuttle Program 30th anniversary poster."

Basset, a supporter of space exploration, created "Red and Rover" in 2000. A comic strip with a retro feel, it is about the unconditional love between a boy and his dog. The pair often dreams of going to space together. Nominated by the National Cartoonists Society for Best Comic Strip of the Year in 2003 and 2010, "Red and Rover" appears in more than 160 newspapers worldwide and syndicated by Universal Uclick.

In 2004, Basset became the only cartoonist to have his space-themed comic strips displayed at NASA headquarters in Washington. On July 26, 2005, Basset's original drawing commemorating NASA's return to flight after the Columbia accident launched aboard shuttle Discovery on the STS-114 mission.

golddog
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posted 04-05-2011 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for golddog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful. And so very sad.

KSCartist
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posted 04-05-2011 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perfect.

Jake
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posted 04-05-2011 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jake   Click Here to Email Jake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome......!

hlbjr
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posted 04-06-2011 06:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hlbjr   Click Here to Email hlbjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Somehow the purity of the love between a boy and his dog parallels perfectly the wonder and awe of spaceflight. Great posters by a great artist. Red and Rover is one of my favorite strips and I read it everyday.

Blackarrow
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posted 04-06-2011 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does Rusty Schweickart have an opinion on this?

KSCartist
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posted 04-06-2011 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why, because the boy has red hair?

golddog
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posted 04-07-2011 03:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for golddog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Because Red Rover was his call sign while EVA on Apollo 9.

KSCartist
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posted 04-07-2011 04:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, that's something I didn't know.

Jay Chladek
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posted 04-07-2011 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Too bad Stu Roosa isn't around to comment either with HIS red hair.

I saw a printout of it today while doing research at UHCL. It is quite a nice tribute I think and somewhat sums up my feelings for shuttle as well since I was about that age when Columbia first flew. I honestly don't know how I will feel when the fleet is finally retired. But yes, it has indeed been one heck of a ride.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-08-2011 04:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll agree, since I grew up with the space shuttle. As I've noted beforehand, I was in sixth grade when I was enamored with that issue of National Geographic headlined, "When the shuttle finally flies." So much so, I still have that issue from the school. One of these days I may return it.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-16-2011 12:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Limited, artist-signed 14 by 18 inch prints of this tribute poster are now available from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's The Space Shop.

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