Unit 9: Space + Art
I think having a topic on Space was the best way to end this course! The lectures this week demonstrated how all of the different topics discussed throughout this quarter could be tied together. In order to explore space, scientists have worked alongside artists using nanotechnology, biotechnology and much more. The American astronomer, Carl Sagan, describes our Earth as the “Pale Blue Dot” and how everything we know occurs here. The videos presented this week show how tiny and lucky we are to live on this perfect pale blue dot in relation to the rest of the space universe. When looking at our Earth from a distance, I think it looks like one small perfect little artistic dot.
Image courtesy of: http://palebluedotltd.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Untitled-27.jpg
My favorite aspect of this week’s lecture was Part 3, which described the role of animals in space discovery. It was sad to see the first dog in space died after 6 days due to technological failures, but amazing to find out that we were able to use animals to pioneer space exploration. This was used to introduce the chronological order of how space studies have evolved. We have grown from using animals to humans and now robots to be used to better explore and understand space.
Image courtesy of:http://cdn.phys.org/newman/gfx/news/hires/2016/nasacounting.jpg
The entire concept of space exploration is fascinating to me because I do not know much of how it is possible, regarding the engineering. It is also a little frightening to think there are millions of unidentified planets and universes out there that could have life of their own but I hope that we are able to use modern technology and art to find the in other galaxies.
Image courtesy of:http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/files/2013/02/2xcluster.jpg
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"ARCTIC PERSPECTIVE INITIATIVE." ARCTIC PERSPECTIVE INITIATIVE. Web. 27 May 2016.
"CODED UTOPIA." Continental Drift. N.p., 27 Mar. 2007. Web. 27 May 2016.
Vesna , Victoria. Space + Art Lectures. 2016. Film. 25 May 2016.