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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-13-2007 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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These seven astronauts take a break from training to pose for the STS-123 crew portrait. From the right (front row) are astronauts Dominic L. Gorie, commander; and Gregory H. Johnson, pilot. From the left (back row) are astronauts Richard M. Linnehan, Robert L. Behnken, Garrett E. Reisman, Michael J. Foreman and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Takao Doi, all mission specialists. Reisman is scheduled to join Expedition 16 as flight engineer after launching to the International Space Station on mission STS-123. The crewmembers are attired in training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits. (NASA photo: STS123-S-002)

East-Frisian
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posted 10-14-2007 02:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A crew portrait with a natural background. Not seen since the mission of Ulf Merbold.

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eurospace
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posted 10-14-2007 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by East-Frisian:
A crew portrait with a natural background. Not seen since the mission of Ulf Merbold.

Something tells me the background is less natural then it seems .... as natural as Photoshop ....

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lunarrv15
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posted 10-14-2007 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The natural scenery background is different. I like it, however, the lighting on the individuals just doesn't blend with the whole picture.

East-Frisian
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posted 10-14-2007 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by eurospace:
Something tells me the background is less natural then it seems .... as natural as Photoshop ....
Jürgen, Du hast natürlich Recht.

Jürgen, you are right, but as lunarrv15 already says, it looks different to the most crew portraits of the last years. To exchange a background is not problematic with modern methods of photography.

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Jay Chladek
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posted 10-14-2007 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They've done plenty of backgrounds with the orbiter sitting on the runway at dusk (such as STS-121's portrait), so those might also potentially be classified as "natural" backgrounds as well since they are outdoors I suppose. Now if they had REALLY shot this one outdoors, I would expect the entire crew to be using some sort of cooling fans as those ACES suits would be getting pretty hot in that Florida sunshine. More then likely a real portrait like that would have them in their blue flightsuits instead.

I like this mission patch. The coloring on it is great and it is quite unique in its layout IMHO. Who designed it?

mjanovec
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posted 10-15-2007 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was the Apollo 17 portrait that last official crew portrait session that actually took place outdoors?

lewarren
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posted 10-15-2007 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lewarren   Click Here to Email lewarren     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The STS-42 crew was photographed outside; in front of a pond at JSC. The space shuttle launch in the background was photoshopped, obviously.

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posted 10-15-2007 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LadyCosmos   Click Here to Email LadyCosmos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And STS-36 (photoshop?), STS-41 (with T-38), STS-43, STS-49, STS-50? None is natural?

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carmelo
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posted 10-17-2007 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But the suit is yellow orange, and not red orange! The color is changed?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-17-2007 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by carmelo:
But the suit is yellow orange, and not red orange! The color is changed?
No, the ACES' color hasn't changed; its just a matter of the lighting in which they were photographed. I've taken shots at walkout where the suits ranging from the hue shown in this portrait to their almost appearing as red.

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