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JPL Artist Sheds Light on Pasadena Event
03.01.05
 
Dan Goods, artist in residence at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will display his Light/Shadow Exhibition in the One Colorado Courtyard in Pasadena during the biannual ArtNight on Friday, March 4, from 6 to 10 p.m.

still image from Light/Shadow exhibition depicting the difficulty of finding extrasolar planets Image right: This still from the Light/Shadow Exhibition depicts how the art installation demonstrates the difficulty of finding extrasolar planets. Image credit: NASA/JPL.
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Goods communicates JPL space missions to the public through art and demonstrations. Most recently, he's been working with the Terrestrial Planet Finder mission, which will hunt for planets similar to Earth around other stars.

Goods' Light/Shadow Exhibition demonstrates how Terrestrial Planet Finder will search for small planets around other stars by blocking the bright light of the parent star. To illustrate the point, Goods first projects a movie onto a large screen. He then shines a spotlight onto the screen, causing the movie to become less visible. Kids of all ages are then invited to walk in front of the spotlight, blocking the stream of light. The movie then becomes visible within the shadow. The event will be held at One Colorado, located between Colorado, Fair Oaks, Union and DeLacey in Pasadena.

Goods graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He also works with the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. The Terrestrial Planet Finder mission is managed by JPL.



 
 
Annie Carone (818) 393-5464
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Kathy Driscoll (626) 564-1066
One Colorado, Pasadena, Calif.

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