The Space Shuttle Program
The Space Shuttle Program began on 12 April 1981 with the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia and ended 30 years later with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on 21 July 2011. During that time, there were 135 missions that carried over 300 astronauts into space. Tragically, 14 astronauts made the ultimate sacrifice in the loss of Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 and the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003. Missions included carrying Spacelab for 20 trips, a joint venture between the NASA and the ESA, the launch and repair of the Hubble Space Telescope, docking with the Mir Russian space station, and the building and supply of the International Space Station.
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The late Atilla Hejja was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1954, and came to the U.S. at the age of two with his family. At 16 he became interested in art, and started learning his craft under the tutelage of Harold Stevenson, who was, himself, a student of Norman Rockwell. During his career, he designed numerous book and magazine covers along with his more artistic works. He produced the first "Star Trek" movie poster, but his proudest achievement was being selected as an official NASA artist. He translated his personal observations of Apollo Mission launches to canvas, and we are pleased to be able to offer them here. The originals can be seen at the Kennedy Space Center.
"Cape Winds" by Atilla Hejja
As one of man's greatest technological achievements, the Space Shuttle stands as a proud monument to American persistence of vision. The winds have been blowing across the cape landscape since before recorded history. Now the winds are heralding in the dawn of a new age. The age of the space shuttle. In this dramatic work, the artist looks into the future at a time when both launch Pads 39A and B are operating simultaneously. "Cape Winds" is faithfully reproduced on a heavy weight museum grade stock. To view a larger image, click on the thumbnail, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.
In this dramatic and visionary painting entitled "Lightship", official NASA artist Atilla Hejja commemorates the triumph of the US Space Program with a depiction of a night shuttle launch. The original painting is on display in the Visitorís Center, Cape Kennedy, Florida. You can view a larger version of this print by clicking on the thumbnail. Then click your browser's BACK button to return here. In this third and final offering, Atilla witnessed a night rollout of the shuttle from the Vehicle Assembly Building, and interpreted it beautifully in oil. It is faithfully reproduced here on high quality museum grade stock for all of his fans to enjoy. "A Night Journey" depicts the long, slow, careful trip of a ready-to-launch shuttle from the Assembly Building to the Launch Pad. Unfortunately, Mr. Hejja passed away several years ago, and all of the larger versions of this print have been sold. At this time, there are no plans to produce another run of this print. The smaller version is still available, though, an can be ordered below"
"The Space Shuttle Atlantis" by George Bieda
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