It’s hard to think of America’s most scientific, technical and precise government organization having an art program that includes post modernism and collage. But it exists, and it’s been around for 50 years. Thank you, NASA. We love you.
The program is still around today, and has some amazing pieces in its collection. Founder and former NASA Administrator James Webb wrote: “It’s Important events can be interpreted by artists to give a unique insight into significant aspects of our history-making advances into space. An artistic record of this nation’s program of space exploration will have great value for future generations and may make a significant contribution to the history of American art.”
There’s something wonderfully crisp and tight about these xray images of vintage NASA space gear, and the see-through vision gives light to some of the technical aspects of these suits. Some of the metal housing and joints make the suits look like they’re made from slinkies, and the fact that these 60s-era suits look pretty much like today’s shows how advanced they were for the day.
Space.com has a collection of awesome and highly optimistic renderings of space colonies, as seen from the 1970s. Can you imagine a fully-fledged farm in space? Now, this was post moon landing, and the sense of conquering space seemed more plausible than it does today. Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium opens this weekend, and it too features a floating space colony, called a Stanford Torus, circa 2154.
The tallest and largest volcano in the whole solar system, Olympus Mons would be a true sight to behold, if we ever got to see it in person. The ESA has some really cool images taken by the Mars Express.
In a fabulous fairy-tale like manner, Belgian-Spanish photojournalist Christina De Middel gives insight into what could have been Africa’s early space program, with some artistic interpretation. Via FastCo Design:
“In 1964, a Zambian high school science teacher named Edward Makuka Nkoloso took it upon himself to found a space program for his country. It was the climax of the Space race, and Nkoloso wanted to put the first African on the moon (and later, Mars). “Zambians are inferior to no men in science and technology,” he wrote in an op-ed entitled “We’re Going To Mars!” “My space plans will surely be carried out.”
“For The Afronauts, De Middel crafted a fictionalized series of props and landscapes, including maps, documents, and a spacesuit woven from colorful textiles (stitched by her grandmother), which she photographed in the midst of dunescapes and elephants.”
[The App's images] cover all corners of the globe, from the craggy outlines of the Susitna Glacier in Alaska to the Bogda Mountains in China, the latter of which showcase “purple mountain majesty” in a very literal sense. Alas, in the introduction to the collection, NASA notes that the image sensors on these satellite cams can “measure light outside the visible range, so the images show more than what is visible to the naked eye.” The images, we are reminded, “are intended for viewing enjoyment rather than scientific interpretation.”
Swiss company micasa lab has conceived the ‘cocoon 1′ – a self-sufficient living pod deconstructing the notion of a sanctuary. The design is an outcome of ongoing research by the firm exploring the complex idea of human space and living. defined by a 180 cm diameter translucent shell, the ‘cocoon 1′ challenges the pre-conceived perceptions of a furniture piece, through sectioning the space by various colored modules -the confined area is divided into efficient and functional zones.
Through connecting various modules, the uses of the ‘cocoon 1′ can adapt to differing needs – for example connecting sleeping or storage units. Every ‘cocoon 1′ comes with three basic parts know as the’ foundation 360′ and two ‘pillow 90′ modules recognizable through the vivid coloring. The range of living elements extend beyond the assumed, there are even modules designed enabling basic cooking where batteries are used to operate the stove, wi-fi and the media component of the re-envisioned dwelling.
For outdoor use, specialized attachments can be installed – each one can be bought separately according to a user’s requirements. The kitchen feature comes with a power pack which has enough power for 40 hours of light or 20 hours of light and 30 minutes of cooking and the water extension can be combined with ‘foundation 360′ which has a pipe for outflow.
Through connecting various modules, the uses of the ‘cocoon 1′ can adapt to differing needs.
The confined area is divided into efficient and functional zones.
The kitchen feature comes with a power pack which has enough power for 40 hours of light or 20 hours of light and 30 minutes of cooking.
The design is an outcome of ongoing research by the firm exploring the complex idea of human space and living.
Every ‘cocoon 1′ comes with three basic modules know as the’ foundation 360′ and two ‘pillow 90′ modules.
For outdoor use, specialized attachments can be installed – such as water and power.
Hubble Space Telescope has snapped some amazing images in its time out in dark, cold space. But most of the hundreds of thousands of images its taken have never been seen by the public. Here are some images processed by amateurs and shown for the first time.
Via Hubble Space Telescope: Hubble has made over a million observations since launch, but only a small proportion are attractive images — and an even smaller number are ever actually seen by anyone outside the small groups of scientists that publish them. But the vast amount of data in the archive means that there are still many hundreds of beautiful images scattered among the valuable, but visually unattractive, scientific data that have never been enjoyed by the public.
We call these pictures Hubble’s hidden treasures, and a few months ago, we invited the public to look through Hubble’s science archive to help us find them.
The response was impressive, with almost 3000 submissions. More than a thousand of these images were fully processed: a difficult and time-consuming task. We’ve already started featuring the best of these in our Hubble Picture of the Week series.
Here’s to Hubble, and to space. And hopefully, we’ll be peering even deeper into the cosmos starting in 2018 or soon thereafter, with the James Webb Space Telescope.
NASA did it. In a stunningly perfect landing, they did what the Russians have failed to do nineteen times in a row: land a craft on Mars. But no matter, the whole world gets to share in this endeavor. In what was surely the most complicated maneuver imagined for a planetary mission, Mars Science Laboratory (MSL, aka. Curiosity) stuck the landing with Olympic grace. It now has a few days to wake up, get the electronics working, and start puttering around the Red Planet. With an onboard plutonium battery, the Jeep-sized rover may be able to keep roving for the next decade or two. Excellent work, NASA.