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From: Ajax, Ontario, Canada
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posted 09-06-2013 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw this on Andrew Chaikin's Facebook page yesterday. A new painting by Paul Fjeld for AIAA's Horizons.

Paul Fjeld is one of the best space artists out there in my opinion.

Lunar Module Eagle moments after the left-hand probe contacts the moon's surface (shown on right) still nearly five feet up, its engine blasting a dust sheet in all directions. The spacecraft attitude is shown four seconds before final touchdown as Neil Armstrong has arrested a leftward drift (north) but overcorrected so the LM is here beginning to slide to the right (south) in the picture. Original acrylic painting by Paul Fjeld.


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posted 09-06-2013 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
His website:


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posted 09-06-2013 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An excellent painting! Well done Paul.


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posted 09-06-2013 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful interpretation of an amazing moment in time, the exact instant of contact.

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posted 11-11-2014 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Article about Paul Fjeld, designer of patches for STS-90, STS-100 and Exp. 35.
In 1975, Fjeld recreated one of the most troubled space scenes ever: the Skylab 2 extravehicular activity (EVA) in Earth orbit when astronauts Joseph P. Kerwin and Charles Conrad Jr. had to cut the aluminum strapping which prevented the Skylab Orbital Workshop solar array system wing from deploying (June 7, 1973). This artistic effort took weeks to research: Fjeld needed some hundred or so photographs and about 300 pages of transcripts from the flight to get all the details for the painting. Also, he used several pages of teleprinter messages containing the actual instructions on the EVA.

But his best-appreciated artworks are his legendary ASTP concept paintings, where he depicted the main stages of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission, the Apollo and Soyuz transposition and docking maneuvers and joint spaceflight months prior to the actual mission.


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posted 11-11-2014 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Section 7.1 in the 2013 NASA SP-2013-605 An Analysis and a Historical Review of the Apollo Program Lunar Module Touchdown Dynamics document indicates that it was the +Y (north) footpad on Apollo 11 that made first contact:
Analysis indicates that the +Y footpad was the first to make lunar surface contact. At the time of contact, the Lunar Module was basically translating along the body Y axis in the –Y direction.

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posted 03-03-2015 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulfjeld     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just noticed this and had to correct any misunderstanding. The right hand (+Y) footpad was indeed the first pad to touch the surface. However, it was the -Y probe that made first contact. If you look at the attitude graph from the mission report (landing dynamics - p. 5-33) you can see the whole trace of the LM's attitude just before probe contact to final settling.

My painting shows Eagle a bit more than 4 seconds from touchdown and in that 4 seconds there was quite a bit of what Armstrong characterized as "spastic control" as he pulsed his hand controller several times to get the left roll (from his perspective, shown at this point in the painting) straightened out and to arrest the left drift from his earlier over-correction. I painted the first of these showing the -Y down and +Y up thrusters firing. He put two major 4 deg. per second right roll inputs and touched down with a roll almost opposite of that shown in the painting, so that the +Y pad was lower and was the first of the *pads* that made contact.

In photos from '11 you can also see the -Y probe first contact then drag mark almost directly below the engine bell.

It's at least 12 feet long, much longer than the +Y probe drag mark.

Rick Mulheirn

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posted 03-04-2015 03:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful painting. Stunning attention to detail. The LM has an almost photographic quality to it.

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posted 03-04-2015 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Emblem Art   Click Here to Email Space Emblem Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Terrific scene Paul! Great job!

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