The History of Space Photography

The History of Space Photography


January 15 to March 21, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 15, 5-7 p.m. From the earliest black-and-white photographs of the moon to the most recent images taken from the Mars Curiosity rover, The History of Space Photography exhibition features 50 noteworthy images from the last 50 years of space exploration. These stunning and beautiful visuals, including video projections of celestial animations, were captured by astronauts, astronomers, and data visualization experts. Grand Valley State University Art Gallery is pleased to share these historic cosmic images with you. The History of Space Photography exhibition is organized by the California/ International Arts Foundation and is guest curated by Jay Belloli, former Director of Gallery Programs at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA. GALAXY: The galaxy Messier 101 is a swirling spiral of stars, gas, and dust. It is nearly twice as wide as our Milky Way galaxy. Spitzer's view, taken in infrared light, reveals dust clouds as yellow-green filaments. Such dust clouds are where new stars can form. Astronomers can use infrared light to examine the dust clouds where stars are born. 2009 (NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Gordon (STScI))

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