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ASTROArts Blog from Andrew Fazekas

My (Non)-Tradtional Path to Space Art

Title: “New Horizons by Dan Durda” Caption: “Completed for the New Horizons mission to Pluto before the spacecraft was even built and launched. This was my guess at some of the interesting geological features and activity that we might see when we finally see Pluto up close for the first time. When asked at the post-launch party in 2006 to write on a poster my prediction for what we might see in 2015 I wrote, ‘I predict that Pluto will look nothing like my painting.’ We’ll soon see...” As a professional astronomer who spends a lot of time generating space art, I'm often asked to comment on the seeming incongruity of someone working more or less equally comfortably in these at first apparently polar opposite worlds. The ‘ole right brain, left brain, creative ‘versus’ technical thing. To tell you the truth, I've never noticed or given it a second thought - it has always seemed rather natural. There was never really any doubt that I was going to end up in a career in science. For as long as I can remember I was always fascinated with the natural world. The Pokey Little Puppy aside, my reading choices were rather heavily weighted toward things nature and science. My parents had subscribed to the Life Nature Series of books and they were easily my favorite reading material (although I admit that as a youngster I was perhaps more heavily swayed by the great illustrations and artwork), followed by the Golden Guide series of field guides. I... Read More..