This is my actual job. I’m an aerospace engineer, and I work on space vehicles–that is, spacecraft designed to operate outside the Earth’s atmosphere.
You might think that space art would be a simple thing–who couldn’t draw a picture of a rocket ship? But it’s more complicated than you might think. If you’ve ever tried to make your own rocket ship, you know that it’s hard to get all the details right. Even if you have done it, though, you still may not know what to draw if you’re asked to do a picture of your rocket for an article about space exploration.
There are two problems here. The first is that there are a lot of details–the number and variety of things you have to put in (or leave out) can be overwhelming. The other problem is that they want a picture of something as large as possible–maybe even one that fills many pages of a magazine or book. It can help if you realize that this isn’t so different from making a drawing of something small but technical, like an engine or a computer chip–you usually don’t try to show every little detail; instead, you pick out the most important ones and put them in just enough detail for people who know about engines
We will take a look at the historical development of space travel, the challenges of today and the future.
Humanity has always been fascinated with outer space. Man had always looked up to the skies, wondering what was up there. He dreamed of soaring like a bird into the heavens and gazing down on Earth from above. We dreamt of traveling to different planets, meeting other life forms, discovering strange new things. And now we are doing that.
This is a very exciting time for space exploration, as we finally see our dreams come true. In this lecture we will take a look into the past and explore how humans first learned to leave the Earth, how we overcame all obstacles in our path through space and why it was so difficult for us to explore the great beyond. We will see how humanity reached for the stars in our search for new life, new civilizations and new knowledge. We will also find out how we got to where we are today, where man has walked on other heavenly bodies, studied them from orbit and even landed on one of them – our very own Moon! Finally, we will take a look at some of the challenges that still lie ahead of us as well as speculate about what lies in store for our species in the future. If you have
This is why I think space art is important. All the cool stuff is happening way out in space. The stuff that we’re making now, down here on Earth, is at best a necessary step toward getting there.
The first Earth-based money was created by the first farmer who decided not to consume his crops immediately, but rather to invest some of his surplus for later use. He invented economic growth.
Space art is the art that portrays space. There are many artists who are creating their own visions of space, and some of their works are quite spectacular. Of course, there were several space art exhibitions, but one of them was held in Paris, France. Space Art Exhibition in Paris 2008 was organized by a group of artists and photographers who believed that space art is not just a beautiful thing to behold, but it also inspires people to learn more about the universe and the world beyond our planet Earth.
This exhibition has been held on June 8-11 in Espace Champerret and displayed around 20 masterpieces of space art. Some pieces were presented as fine arts or commercial posters, others were presented as photographs or paintings. Among them there were photographs of galaxies, planets and other cosmic objects, as well as paintings of spaceships and extraterrestrial life forms.
This exhibition had become a part of International Year of Astronomy 2008 activities. This year is dedicated to the 400th anniversary since Galileo Galilei first turned a telescope to the skies. The opening ceremony of Space Art Exhibition in Paris 2008 was accompanied by lectures of some famous astrophysicists, journalists and other scientists who talked about various aspects related to astronomy. There was also a large conference room where experts discussed various
Before you ask yourself what you want to do, ask yourself where you want to do it.
Lots of people who like science fiction don’t like space. They’re not interested in living on other planets, or traveling to other stars, or building Dyson Spheres around red dwarf stars. That’s okay. Just because I love watching Star Trek doesn’t mean everyone has to love Star Trek.
But if you do want to live in a science-fiction world, how can you choose the right career?
Let’s say you’re an alien trying to decide which planet to invade. There are three choices: Planet A, which has a random mix of scientists and artists; Planet B, which has a random mix of engineers and teachers; and Planet C, where every citizen is a scientist-artist. Which one should you attack? If your goal is to learn as much as possible about alien cultures in the shortest time possible, then obviously you should attack Planet C. But if your goal is conquest and exploitation, then maybe not—they’ll all be too busy fighting off your invasion fleet to pay attention to what’s happening inside their own solar system.
So what does that tell us about choosing our careers?
If we want to live in a world where all
It is clear that we need to begin to think of space as a place to live as well as a place for science. The only question is how.
I believe that we should begin with the end in mind. First, we must understand what kind of space colony would be both scientifically useful and viable. Then, using this as our model, we must create the economic conditions that will make it possible.
We need research into all aspects of off-planet habitation. We need to learn about the effects of radiation on humans, find ways to grow food in space, work out ways to manufacture everything from clothing to computers without Earthly technology–if necessary from local resources–design new forms of governance and economics, and so on.
There are many scientific questions to answer before we can build a self-sustaining community in space. And there are many pieces of technology needed to make such communities economically viable.