Image: Earth - A Pale Blue Dot
When relating space to art, in a statements made by Annick Bureaud of The Leonardo Space Art Projec, Bureaud says that artists "reveal the essence of space for human beings in the twentieth century" and they "have been the fuel of space exploration, embodying in their art the dreams of humankind, making these dreams desirable for engineers to achieve." I found this statement to resonate with me because the curiosity, imagination, and passion with which artists perceive the world is truly influential in sparking scientific research to further that curiosity and inspire even more wander.
Scientific exploration has been one of the most competitive fields in human history. Countries are constantly competing with each other to see who can acquire the most knowledge the fastest. This competition has led to many conspiracy theories that are very interesting to explore, namely the accusation that America's Apollo moon landing video is fake and that it is all an orchestrated, hollywood hoax designed solely to claim that the first man on the moon was an American. Among many other reasons, one of the biggest reasons why this is so controversial is because the flag in the video appears to be flapping as if in a breeze which is impossible in the airless surface of the moon.
Image: Apollo Moon Landing - Fluttering Flag
Image: Saturn as seen from Titan, 1944 - Chesley Bonestell
1. “A Pale Blue Dot.” A Pale Blue Dot. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.bigskyastroclub.org/pale_blue_dot.html>.
2. Eames, Charles and Ray. “Powers of Ten” video. Eames Office. 1977. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=25&v=0fKBhvDjuy0>
"PHOTOS: 8 Moon-Landing Hoax Myths -- Busted." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 25 July 2016.
25 July 2016."Bonestell.org - The Art of Chesley Bonestell." Bonestell.org - The Art of Chesley Bonestell. N.p., n.d. Web.
1. A Pale Blue Dot. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web.
2. Apollo Moon Landing. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web.
3. Bonestell, Chesley. Saturn as Seen from Titan, 1944. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web.