Revolutions: a Canadian space art exhbition + Space art on Canadian bodies

The Canadian Space Society is sponsoring at space art exhibition: Revolutions: The Inexorable Evolution of Art

Revolutions: The Inexorable Evolution of Art is a space art exhibition examining how space exploration and related technologies are being used to transform art and culture, and inspire a new generation of innovators. Representing the works of over 50 internationally acclaimed space artists, Revolutions will feature a variety of space artworks including art derived from space technologies, art designed for microgravity environments, orbital art, and art inspired by space developments.

Slated to tour nationally, the CSS is debuting Revolutions on September 12th with a star studded benefit event at Endeavor Arts Gallery in Calgary. Proceeds from this event will go to the Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild initiative in support of artists and arts communities who were affected by the 2013 floods.


And a Canadian artist will depict scenes of the earth taken from the ISS in an unusual type of canvas:  Artist to Recreate Astronaut’s Space Photos as Body Art –

Video: Breaking the Seeing Barrier for Planetary Astronomy

The SETI Institute posts this video of a talk by Franck Marchis, about Breaking the Seeing Barrier for Planetary Astronomy


When Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope toward Jupiter in 1609 and discovered what we now call the Galilean moons, he did not realized that he had just established a new research field in astronomy. In the past four centuries, planetary astronomy, the study of our solar system bodies using telescopes, has increased our knowledge of the environment of Earth, the evolution of the planets, the origin of comets and asteroids and the formation of our solar system. Space exploration accelerated planetary astronomy in the 1960s by allowing planetary scientists to access in-situ and detailed data.

In this talk, I will discuss the contributions of telescopic observation over the past 50 years to planetary science, particularly the recent developments like adaptive optics which renewed interest in ground-based observations of planets. I will explore the contribution of all-sky surveys like Pan-STARRS and LSST, which provide several terabytes of data a week, changing radically the way we do astronomy. Looking to the future of space-based astronomy, I will consider whether the James Webb Space Telescope and ATLAST are potential successors to the successful Hubble Space Telescope.

Finally I’ll explore the way in which specialized low-cost telescopes designed to search and study exoplanets, planets around other stars, constitutes a paradigm shift in our field.

Space policy roundup – Aug.28.13

Some space policy related items