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NASA and The Arts
This section features stories and links to creative ways that NASA is involved in the arts.

Grissom and Young › NASA Art at the Smithsonian

In 2008, NASA is collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Air and Space Museum on the exhibition NASA ART: 50 Years of Exploration. Drawn from works from the museum and the NASA Art program, the exhibition features approximately 50 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, and other media ranging from the illustrative to the abstract.
This artist's concept shows astronauts and a robot working together to explore the lunar surface. › The Art of Exploration

Through the University Art Contest in 2007, themed "Life and Work on the Moon," NASA continued its tradition of investing in the nation’s education programs. The project was directly tied to the agency's major education goal of strengthening NASA and the nation's future workforce. Through this and the agency's other college and university efforts, NASA sought to identify and develop the critical skills and capabilities needed to bring about the future of space exploration.
NASA and the Arts › NASA and the Arts

“Important events can be interpreted by artists to give a unique insight into significant aspects of our history-making advances into space. An artistic record of this nation’s program of space exploration will have great value for future generations and may make a significant contribution to the history of American art.”
- James Webb, NASA Administrator 1961 - 1968
50 images celebrating NASA's 50th anniversary › 50 Images Celebrating NASA's 50th

"Fifty years after its founding, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration arguably leads the world in exploration, standing on the shoulders of a long line of explorers throughout history. Its astronauts have circled the world, walked on the moon, piloted the first winged spacecraft, and constructed the Internaitonal Space Station ... How did an agency with such varied accomplishments come into existence?"
- Steven J. Dick, NASA Chief Historian
Blue Marble image of the Earth → Blue Marble: The Making Of

Blue Marble: The Making Of
NPR interview, February 2012

NASA's iconic images of Earth from space date back to the late 1960s—with snapshots taken by Apollo astronauts. The modern "blue marble" images are captured by machines and they're not photos. They're datasets collected by instruments aboard satellites and then translated into imagery on the ground.