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Sunchaser Flat Small by Grumbleputty Sunchaser Flat Small by Grumbleputty
An exterior view of a floating dirigible farm cruising in Venus' upper atmosphere, growing plants and algae for food and oxygen and soaking up solar energy.
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Ouroboros-491 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Really nice art. What was the inspiration?
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Grumbleputty Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I've been reading some articles about NASA using dirigibles to explore Venus, so this was just an extrapolation on that idea. I've been working on this idea of a story that's a sort of "Little House on the Prairie" meets "The Martian", an optimistic, science-forward story aimed at young girls, weaving STEM concepts into a story about a pioneer farm girl.
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Ouroboros-491 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016
Fascinating.

So the whole ship is the farm? So that would make it a few hundred square meters in size? What do they grow that's so valuable they would build it on another planet... 
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BassoeG Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What do they grow that's so valuable they would build it on another planet?
Presumably just regular crops, but for consumption by human colonists also inhabiting venusian floating cities. It would be horrendously cost-ineffective to farm crops on another planet than their intended buyers which is the entire reason behind the existence of this thing.
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