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Space Paintings by Michael Kagan

August 25th, 2015 | Space

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Michael Kagan is a Brookyln-based oil painter who made these abstract space scenes for the Smithsonian Institute. He has also collaborated on projects with big-time musical artists such as Pharell and White Lies. Inspired by NASA’s Mercury missions, Kagan captures scenes of astronauts and shuttle launches in thick swaths of blue and white paint.

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Kagan exhibited these works last year at Joshua Liner Gallery in an exhibition titled “Thunder in the Distance”. Find more of his work here.

-RSB

Demiurges – Project by Serial Cut & Bartholot

July 21st, 2015 | Space

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Serial Cut, a design studio based out of Madrid, worked in collaboration with art director, Bartholot, to create these stunning images for “OFFF Unmasked” — a new art book celebrating the 15th edition of Barcelona’s OFFF festival. The series depicts mysterious figures, each with their own yellow object of unknown significance.

Demiurges, the title of the work, means an “artisan-like figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe”. So I suppose the figures are some sort of artistic deities. It all comes off rather cultish, but it’s a cult I’d probably like to join.

-RSB

New Horizons Probe Reaches Pluto

July 14th, 2015 | Space

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On January 16, 2006, the New Horizons space probe left Earth on a voyage to Pluto. 9 years, 5 months, and 29 days later, the spacecraft has successfully made it 3+ billion miles to the distant “planet.” The image above was shared via NASA’s Instagram page and represents the first look at the planet up close and personal.

via Phil Plait:

“The color is real! The reddish hue is due to tholins, organic (carbon-based) molecules crated when methane, abundant on Pluto, is hit by ultraviolet light from the Sun. This breaks apart the simple molecule and allows it to reform into more complex molecules.”

The folks at NPR’s Skunkbear put together this short tribute video to honor the journey:

And here’s a quick 1 minute informational video to catch you up on the key statistics of the mission:

Look forward to many more detailed images in the days to come.

-RSB

Decaying Soviet Space Program by Ralph Mirebs

June 16th, 2015 | Space

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The Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in the desert of Kazakhstan, was the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility. It turned 60-years-old earlier this month, and I would say that it’s seen better days. Russian photographer and urban explorer, Ralph Mirebs, gained access to the defunct facility and captured these somber photos of a decaying Soviet space program.

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As you can see, there are remnants of two Buran spacecrafts still in the hangar. One of them, OK-1K2, nicknamed Ptichka (Little Bird), was almost ready for spaceflight in 1992, but the program was shutdown right before it was ready for launch.

You can find more photos and information at Ralph Mirebs’ site.

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