Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavour / Voyager / Kevin Dart
Wow. I can’t believe these haven’t cropped up on my radar before now. Absolutely stunning space prints from Kevin Dart, an American illustrator with a beautiful, painterly, cinematic style. No surprise to find out he’s worked on concept art for a lot of recent blockbusters like Interstellar and Big Hero 6.
I’m enjoying looking through Daily Overview – a fantastic blog of stunning satellite imagery of Earth. Also available to follow on Instagram.
As featured in the latest issue of Wired.
The Rehearsal of Space and the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite / Edgar Martins, 2014
One of my favourite photographers, Edgar Martins, has just released his latest body of work. He spent the last few years documenting the European Space Agency, and the result is a breathtaking visual survey of this scientific world.
The project is currently on show at the Wapping Project Bankside – I urge you to go and see these prints, some of which are up to 2m in size. Also, the book is available now via The Moth House.
If the Moon were 1 pixel / Josh Worth, 2014
A really nicely done, pixel-perfect representation of our Solar System by Josh Worth. Amazing stuff.
Welsh Space Campaign / Hefin Jones, 2013
“The Welsh Space Campaign launches ordinary Welsh people into outer space, by finding a cosmic context for Welsh culture, skills and traditions.”
Love the logo for this new project by Hefin Jones. The red arrow is representative of the tail of the Welsh dragon. Logo design by Aron Jones.
30 years of the Space Shuttle / Tim George, 2013
To coincide with the launch of my new site, I have a new print for sale! Again, I’ve been working on this one for a long time… ever since the Shuttle was retired in July 2011, in fact.
Anyway, better late than never. I’m really pleased with the print – it’s been exquisitely screenprinted by K2 screen, in 3 colours (white, grey, orange) on dark grey stock from GF Smith.
It’s a limited edition of 30, available to buy now for £30 each. Go get one!
Celebrating the Shuttle — coming soon
It’s been a looong time since I originally posted about a self-initiated project to celebrate the conclusion of NASA’s space shuttle program.
Originally I hoped to release a print to coincide with the final mission, but that came and went in July 2011 and I never got the piece to a stage I was happy with.
Anyway, watch this space, because I am pleased to announce that in early 2013 the project will be unveiled. Better late than never! 😉
ISS star trails / Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit, 2012
Beautiful long-exposure shots taken from the ISS by Don Pettit.
Also make sure you check out the rest of the stuff uploaded to Flickr by NASA_JSC_Photo, there are some amazing shots of all things space-related on there, and most are free to download at massive resolution.
Found via ISO50
Measuring the Universe / Richard Hogg, 2012
Lovely astro-physics animation from the always-brilliant Richard Hogg.
Discovery’s final flight / April 17, 2012
Yesterday Space Shuttle Discovery made its final flight, as it was transferred atop a Boeing 747 from Florida to Washington, destined to become a museum exhibit after 27 years of service and 39 missions to space. Coverage of the journey was all over the web and TV, as it made a dramatic flypast over the Washington skyline.
One of the best things that I ended up watching though, was this CBS special news report from August 1977. If you’ve got 30 minutes to spare, check it out on YouTube. This ‘Approach and Landing Test’ was the first time a Space Shuttle flew on its own. Piggy-backing in the same way on a 747, the Shuttle climbed to 24,00 ft, before astronauts Fred Haise and Gordon Fullerton performed a separation and guided it to the runway for the first time.
The documentary makes for compelling watching — not least because of some beautiful 70s graphics; just check out those Polaroid and CBS logos, nice! — but because, 35 years ago, NASA and the world dreamed these vehicles would be making 100+ trips into orbit over their lifetime, making space travel a routine, cheap and frequent exercice. It’s interesting to watch, noting this sense of optimism and excitement, and to think back on what the Shuttle program did and didn’t achieve over the last 30 years.