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NASA and The Arts

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

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.

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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.

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NASA and the Arts: Learn about the NASA art program.

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50 great images celebrating NASA's 50th anniversary.

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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.

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