For an artist, I’ve been thinking a lot about science lately. Perhaps it’s not too much of a stretch, as Leonardo da Vinci and Carl Sagan showed us, the two often go hand in hand. However, they are also fundamentally different. Art is subjective. Science is not.
I’ll start with art. H.G Wells put it nicely: “Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.” Powerful in its simplicity, and a concept to which we can probably all relate. For instance, have you ever come across a painting, a sculpture or a piece of music and stopped in your tracks? It may reach into your soul and grab for the air in your lungs. Or have you ever walked out of a movie theater with your head spinning as you wonder how in the world this filmmaker knew to make a movie about your life? Maybe there’s a tear or two involved, it was just that great.
So you decide to share it. However, you soon find out that your mom, friend, coworker…whomever….well they just don’t see the big deal. That’s art for you. Subjective.
Science is different. Very different. Continue reading Science or Bust!
The 44th Earth Day is here, so take just a few moments to consider these game-changing views of our planet. Why? Their significance begins in the visual statement created through science and technology and persists through cultural awareness and human action.
1. April 1, 1960 – TIROS 1 -NASA- The first image of Earth’s clouds from the vantage point of space
2. December 24, 1968 – Earthrise – NASA – Apollo 8 Crew: Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders
3. December 7, 1972 – The Original Blue Marble – NASA – Apollo 17 Crew – Eugene Cernan and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and Ron Evans
4. “The Pale Blue Dot” – 1990 – NASA- Voyager 1 Mission
5. 1992 – The Earth and Moon as seen by NASA’s Galileo Mission
6. 2002 – Blue Marble- NASA GSFC – Reto Stöckli – High Resolution Satellite Mosaic
7. October 2, 2007 – The Earth and Moon from Mars – by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
8. 2011 – Perpetual Ocean – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio using ECCO2 Model Output from Jun 2005-Dec 2007
9. 2012 – The Earth at Night – NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP Mission
10. January 4, 2012 – Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) – NOAA/NASA – Composited by Norman Kuring
11. August 2013 – Arctic Sea Ice minimum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
12. July 23, 2013 – Pale Blue Dot (Directly below Saturn’s rings) by NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft
The first Earth Day in 1970 symbolized the beginning of the modern environmental movement. It galvanized the growing awareness and recognition that our species’ survival on this planet requires the planet to be habitable, the air breathable, the water drinkable. Continue reading 12 Inspirational Views of Earth From Space | Earth Day 2014