posted on Jul, 23 2011 @ 06:41 AM
reply to post by anon72
I have very little first hands-on inside of NASA R&D invitation being as my forum name suggests, just a lowly illustrator. Though I have toured NASA
research centers escorted by our NASA contacts, I wasn't in the position to be invited to launches like our program directors, never got to fly in
the NASA low gravity KC-135 aircraft, Haven't stepped foot in mission control, and never really put my hands on any (mostly) of the micro gravity
experiment modules onboard the Shuttle, every mission. My exposure was meeting the program directors, occasional scientists and engineers in their
offices for descriptions of what I was to illustrate, develop mission related patches (they love that), early on in the traditional methods, and later
as my name suggests, with computer aided tools and software. That's all, but spanning over 20 years since shortly after the Challenger disaster.
Even so, I have to have a pretty clear surface knowledge of what I image, not in a numbers crunching way, but in a broad brush stroke kind of way.