NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Gets an Art Lesson with Lasers

by Jason Major January 17, 2013

In the ultimate example of science imitating art, engineers working with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter recently beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to the LRO and back via laser beam in order to measure the rate of transmission between the spacecraft and Earth. This allowed them to then calibrate their software to correct for […]

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Google’s 5 Most Memorable Space Doodles

by Elizabeth Howell August 1, 2012

Google’s one of those tech companies that makes a big deal about space exploration. There’s not only the Google Lunar X-Prize, or its maps of the Moon and Mars, or memorable April Fool’s pranks such as the lunar Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering (G.C.H.E.E.S.E.) The Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant often […]

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The Top 5 “Earth as Art” Images, Thanks to Landsat

by Jason Major July 23, 2012

NASA’s first Earth-observing Landsat satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on July 23, 1972, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the program they asked the public to vote on their favorite images of the planet from the Landsat¬†Earth as Art¬†gallery. After over 14,000 votes, these were chosen as the top 5 favorites. Happy […]

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Visions of the Cosmos: The Enduring Space Art of David A. Hardy

by Nancy Atkinson May 30, 2012

For over 50 years, award-winning space and astronomy artist David A. Hardy has taken us to places we could only dream of visiting. His career started before the first planetary probes blasted off from Earth to travel to destinations in our solar system and before space telescopes viewed distant places in our Universe. It is […]

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Life-size Wooden Spacecraft Sculptures

by Nancy Atkinson June 10, 2010

If you think about it, spacecraft are kind of ethereal in that once they are launched into space, we don’t ever see them again. Australian artist Peter Hennessey has created life-size wooden sculptures of several different spacecraft, giving people the chance to see and touch these objects that are immediately recognizable but which we will […]

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