July Exhibit & Collections Update

Cosmic Contemplations 

Long before we had the technology to picture space, we rendered our own versions of it. For example, in the 1940s and ‘50s, artists blended science fact with science fiction to interpret the Moon, as seen in Chesley Bonestell’s 1957 Lunar Landscape mural section.

Learn more about how the images that form our vibrant new wallpaper came to be and explore the stories of the people and imaging technologies that help us photograph space with our new digital kiosk, Picturing the Observable Universe, debuting soon! 

New Digital Kiosk Will Interpret Our Beautiful Space Wallpaper!

Have you seen the stunning new series of space images that comprise the wallpaper on the port side of the SR-71B Blackbird? If you’ve wondered what they are and how photographers captured them, you’re sure to enjoy our forthcoming digital kiosk where you’ll learn about each image and more! Here’s an example of what you’ll see:

About the Moon Image on Our New Wallpaper 

The Galileo Orbiter spacecraft captured this view of Earth’s own Moon on December 7, 1992, on its journey toward Jupiter. A color mosaic of 18 Galileo images run through a green filter, the picture gives us a glimpse of the Moon’s north pole (see the shadowed zone, top left of the illuminated region). The lava-filled Mare Imbrium can be seen in the upper left with Mare Serenitatis in the middle left, Mare Tranquillitatis in the lower left, and at the bottom, Mare Crisium.

Posted by Nikki Statler at 12:00 PM
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