The ISS Presents The Light Friday Fantastic

My friend Jules posted this I think yesterday — a bunch of images from Don Pettit, flight engineer aboard the International Space Station.  Not regular ol’ images of life in space or anything, nay.  These are long exposure shots of stars, et al, taken from the station itself.  This is about the coolest thing I’ve seen this month, and I’ve seen some cool sh*t this month.

Here are some of my faves, but you have to check out the entire Flickr stack – ISS Star Trails on Flickr.







Ignacio Torres’ STELLAR – An Exercise in 3D Beauty

Ignacio Torres, an artist and pretty recent graduate of the University of North Texas, has another beautiful work getting some serious attention.  Meet Stellar, an exhibit that Ignacio created in a 3D sense.  From Ignacio:

This project began from the theory that humans are made of cosmic matter as a result of a stars death. I created imagery that showcased this cosmic birth through the use of dust and reflective confetti to create galaxies. The models organic bodily expressions as they are frozen in time between the particles suggest their celestial creation. In addition, space and time is heightened by the use of three-dimensional animated gifs. Their movement serves as a visual metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their separateness through time.

You must see these GIFs.  They are actually quite stellar, and I’m not even meaning to pun.  From Ignacio Torres’ studio site:

So beautiful!  This isn’t all of them by any means – make sure to check out Ignacio’s project page on Stellar for more images of the set.  I just posted my favorites.