Thursday, December 3, 2009

Back to Brava

On with the kick ass panels.

Directly behind me was the seating chart for the shuttle. You now see that the shuttle had a name!!!! The Santa Maria! You tell me just HOW this attraction held this much detail!


  1. A clear allusion to the Columbus ship. But of course, Columbus wasn't all about discovery, he brought the "Columbian Exchange", which is a nightmare when looked at in a certain context. GOD I love this ride.

  2. SWEET JESUS! No one would've ever seen this type of detailing, but they STILL did-it! Oh, how I miss the WED Imagineers of the 60's - early 80's! :(1

  3. I believe that Claude Coates got the first pass at the concept early on and from there it only got richer and richer.

    More detail on the early EPCOT attractions than in all of DCA combined.

    Actually that's a perfect contrast of the old school WED guys output versus new school WDI guys output.

    You choose your own ending:-) or conclusion.

  4. This is the part of Horizons that really stuck out like a sore thumb; we were asked to believe that the 21st century would see all these new forms of transport on Earth, sleek maglev trains, personal submarines, and hovercars, yet we'd still be using a 1980s-era spacecraft.

    In reality, the Space Shuttle program was never meant to last as long as it has. If things had played out like Horizons predicted they would, and the space program had advanced enough to give us civilian space colonies, they'd certainly be serviced by a more advanced craft.

  5. RAD.

    Oh BTW I showed some of you guys' PHOTOS to my Civ students today to help make the correlation between the visuals in Metropolis and Horizons. In the process I noticed the blog link to zee right. MERCI. YOU GUYS RULE FOREVER.

  6. tanyeshka, I have an idea. Please contact us

  7. Future Guy, I don't think we've seen the last of the shuttle concept. Folks in the 70's thought we'd seen the last of the Saturn style rockets and now they're back. If you think about it a shuttle like craft WOULD be needed to transport a bulk of passengers into space. A rocket wouldn't do it.

    Just a thought. Thanks for the comment!

  8. Future Guy said: "...they'd certainly be serviced by a more advanced craft."

    Well cleverly, the name Santa Maria is a secret acronym for:


    Advanced spacecraft

    So you see, it's really not an 80's style shuttle after all.

  9. Eric_w, you are now the "Minister of Space Travel Affairs" at Mesa Verde Times. Congrats to you, old pal.

  10. Damn - Thanks man! Corporate America may have crushed my employment for now but this new title bestowed upon me proves they haven't crushed my creativity. They can have their freakin' job... I've got Horizons!

    (Seriously, you just made my day... nay, my whole week.)

  11. not to get all serious.. 2 years later n stuff..

    but a space elevator riding on a carbon nano fiber tether is the way to go.


  12. Hexapentas for space elevator future

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  16. to the Moon only in a rocket. Do not is possible make a Station hanging Moon´s below that enters in Earth´s Atmosphere because then...due to rotation´s speed of Earth, approx. 1666 kms/h, this huge supersonic wind speed would do impossible embarking on Station.