#GrandFinale: Cassini Spacecraft Crashing into Saturn

Today is a historic day in astro science:
NASA is crashing its $4 billion Cassini spacecraft into Saturn.

Instead of being left in orbit, and possibly crashing into one of Saturn’s moons, contaminating any life(!) that might be there, NASA has chosen this spectacular suicidal dive into Saturn’s atmosphere. After more than four years beyond its expected life time the spacecraft has no fuel left to adjust its course any longer. 

At around 14 o’clock MET the Cassini spacecraft, which spent 20 years in space and has sent us amazing views of the Saturn system, will dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending final data for as long as possible before burning up like a meteor.

A great bittersweet end!

You can follow the countdown via a great specifically dedicated NASA site: https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/

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All Images by NASA.


This is my own 2016 artwork, TRANSITUS:
By depicting Saturn’s rings it evokes a physical and mental passover into other dimensions.

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TRANSITUS, chemicals on paper and oil on canvas, 2016

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Good Question: “But Really, Can You Stand In Front Of The Microwave?”

We all, working in our studios all day (and certain nights of course), may use a microwave oven to heat up a noodle soup or some sweet potatoes. While some of my caring friends insist I should not, I enjoy the convenience. But is it really save!?

After reading “But Really, Can You Stand In Front Of The Microwave?” I can pass the all-clear on microwave ovens on to you. That is: If you ensure the oven is truly intact and clean at the door so no radiation may reach you!

This quote from the article got the artist in me: “people tend to be more worried about man-made types of radiation rather than cosmic radiation from space or radon from the soil”. :)

What Earth and our Solar System’s Planets are made of

I like the simple representation, emphasizing the differentiation between our planets. All following illustrations by Vadim Sadovski – Space art.

 

Earth inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

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Mars inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Jupiter inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Saturn inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Uranus inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Neptune inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Venus inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

 

Beautiful Polish Stamps from 1963 show Satellites and Spaceships

Ah, these beautiful Polish stamps remind me of my childhood some 20 years later in Poland when we looked up to the stars, space ships, astronauts and cosmonauts, … and Star Wars – The Movie.

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Via > We are Star Stuff

Interwoven Patterns of Nature

The Art of Diana Scherer

Diana Scherer grows and cultivates her art by “planting oat and wheat seeds in soil, and then carefully, meticulously, warping the growth pattern.”, wired writes.
Organic growth transformed into aesthetic outwordly systems, structures, and patterns: “I think that people, they cherish nature, but on the other hand they are really quite cruel with nature,” Scherer says. “Like the gardener is telling us he loves nature, but the garden has to look like what he wants it to in his mind. He has to crop and prune and use poison.”

In our daily lives we just see what’s above the soil: leaves, stems and shafts, blooms. But Diana’s art shows us new grounds and worlds.

Quote and Images from wired on tumblr. Read more at wired’s long post.

Painting with Light

"Our modern understanding of light and color begins with Sir Isaac Newton and a series of experiments that he published in 1672. He was the first to understand the rainbow — he refracted white light with a prism, resolving it into its component colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

Artists were fascinated by Newton’s clear demonstration that light alone was responsible for color. His most useful idea for artists was his conceptual arrangement of colors around the circumference of a circle, which allowed the painters’ primaries (red, yellow, blue) to be arranged opposite their complementary colors (e.g. red opposite green), as a way of denoting that each complementary would enhance the other’s effect through optical contrast." 
Still today Newton's color system is used in fine arts.

But coming back to light:
One of the contemporary artists who is using light as a medium for art is the American Stephen Knapp.
His huge installations are made only of coated glass and light. The visible color on walls is reflected and affected by the angle of the glass to the light source – usually a halogen light. The glass reflects in two directions and the colors shoot around, overlap and create new color mixes.  

More about Stephen Knapp

 

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Via webexhibits.org 

 

Happy Birthday, Curiosity!

Today, and every year on August 5, the Curiosity Rover sings itself Happy Birthday alone on Mars!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Curiosity! 

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Image courtesy NASA.