My name is onboard the "passenger list" for the next mission to Mars - Mars 2020
The robotic scientist will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration. With a launch window scheduled to open in July 2020, the rover is expected to land on Mars in February 2021!
View my boarding pass: https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/mars2020/certificate/215216674329
boy did I have to call in some favors to get this! 😁😉
A Note from the Artist:
an experimental mixed media
, watercolor, gel pen, acrylics, and alcohol inks artist gone digital.
Besides that, I've been fascinated
with outer space since I was in grade school, but that was a lifetime ago and I never took it seriously until now and here I get to share a lifelong passion for astronomy and space travel through my art.
I dedicate this website to those who celebrate the possibilities out there for us in the vastness of space, and to those who want to take part in the adventure ahead for humans as we enter the galactic playing field.
Have you noticed recently that newsworthy events about space happen almost every day now! For instance, early in 2019, a team of scientists led by a 28-year-old researcher photographed a black hole for the first time in history! Even India has put a spaceship on the moon! Scientists have discovered earth like exoplanets far from our solar system such as Kepler 452b and Kepler 186f, and scientists have had to create a variety of new names for new discoveries - terms like super earth, and hot Jupiter, or gravitational slingshot, and termination shock.
Other scientists have found evidence of thousands of black holes living near the center of our galaxy. Astronomers have even detected signals from the oldest stars in the universe!
Personally, I believe the universe holds much more information than our senses can perceive, and reaching out into space will challenge everything we ever thought was true. I have been fascinated
with interstellar travel and drawing pictures of space since childhood - and now, as an artist, this barrage of newly discovered planets and celestial objects lights up my imagination with questions;
“Is there sound in space?”
Is there really a Planet
… How long does it take to get to Mars?”
… “What is the Great Attractor?”
… “Exactly how does mass bend spacetime
Why is Light a particle when you are looking at it but a wave if you’re not?”...
and on and on...
...I think that someday our great-great grandchildren
will look back on these times,
and they will see that this point in history (our time right now) was indeed a turning point
…and we are living at the beginning of a major paradigm shift,
of the human experience.
Check out these websites:
International Association of Astronomical Artists:
Background and Inspiration: