SYNOPSIS: THERE WAS A TIME IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT PAST WHEN ONLY ASTRONAUTS AND LAUNCH TECHNICIANS SAW A BONAFIDE SPACESHIP CLOSEUP BEFORE ITS LAUNCH INTO SPACE.
Early dawn -- Enterprise moves thru Lancaster
High Angle View of Shuttle
Space Artist Robert McCall Sketches Shuttle
Robert McCall Sync
Begin Dissolving Among his past works
Begin Futuristic Works
Shuttle at Dryden Flight Research Center
Bob McCall Sketches and Paints
"The transportation of this giant orbiter 30 miles from Palmdale to Dryden Space Flight Center is a kind of a unique thing to witness, to me. Every phase of this evolution of the Space Shuttle is an exciting thing to me. And I hope to capture some of that excitement in paintings that I do."
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Background: SYNOPSIS: THERE WAS A TIME IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT PAST WHEN ONLY ASTRONAUTS AND LAUNCH TECHNICIANS SAW A BONAFIDE SPACESHIP CLOSEUP BEFORE ITS LAUNCH INTO SPACE. MOST OF US HAVE HAD TO BE SATISFIED WITH SEEING THEM AT MUSEUMS LONG AFTER MISSION'S END. THIS IS NOT THE CASE WITH NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE "ENTERPRISE" SHOWN HERE MOVING FROM THE MANUFACTURING PLANT THROUGH LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA -- A SMALL TOWN IN THE HIGH DESERT NEAR THE MOJAVE, TO NASA'S DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER FOR FLIGHT TESTS, SOME THIRTY MILES AWAY. TRAVELLING AT THREE MILES AN HOUR, THE ENTERPRISE TOOK TEN HOURS ON THE FIRST LEG OF ITS JOURNEY INTO SPACE, SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN ABOUT TWO YEARS. THE ENTERPRISE WILL PROBABLY NEVER MOVE THIS SLOWLY AGAIN.
WHAT MAKES THE SPACE SHUTTLE UNIQUE IS ITS ABILITY TO PLACE A WHETHER SATELLITE, OR A CROP OBSERVING EARTH RESOURCES SATELLITE IN ORBIT -- EVEN REPAIR ONES PREVIOUSLY LAUNCHED, OR BRING THEM BACK TO EARTH FOR FIXING -- OPERATE SPACE LABORATORIES FOR MANUFACTURING AND IMPROVED MEDICAL TECHNIQUES, AND THEN RETURN, LANDING LIKE AN AIRPLANE.
THE PEOPLE OF LANCASTER WERE NOT THE ONLY ONES ON HAND TO WITNESS THE SHUTTLE MOVE. SPACE ARTIST ROBERT MCCALL WAS THERE TO DOCUMENT THE EVENT.
BOB MCCALL IS ONE OF SEVERAL ARTISTS WHO HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTING MAJOR MILESTONES IN THE U.S. SPACE PROGRAM. HIS WORK ALONE COVERS A SPAN OF OVER TWELVE YEARS.
MCCALL'S EFFORTS ARE NOT LIMITED TO ACTUAL EVENTS AS YOU CAN SEE IN THESE PAINTINGS DEPICTING HIS IDEAS OF LIVING AND WORKING IN SPACE IN THE FUTURE.
"The Space Shuttle to me means a whole new era in mankind's endeavour to explore the universe about him. And the Shuttle means the opening of the highway into space. It indeed will. And when people become aware, and they're not of the significance of the reusable Space Shuttle, they're going to be shocked and surprised. So many people have the impression that our space program has diminished to practically nothing. But, of course, that's not true. When shuttle starts to fly in the '80s, there'll be dozens of launches during the course of the year. And, of course, the activity will outstrip anything that we've had in the past. So the space program is really gearing up for incredible activity in the decade of the 80's.