Path to Mars #962: Space Camp for Artists

This one time at space camp…

Whew! After a very busy and intense couple of months of Space Studies at International Space University in Florida, I’ve landed back in Canada with my head stuffed full of new  ideas and a boatload of new (mostly engineering) friends scattered all over the globe. I also met some of my favorite people, including George Diller, voice of NASA and Jancy McPhee, director of the Humans in Space Youth Art Competition.

I’ve learned some really interesting things about the relationship between art and space, which I’ll be doling out in posts to come. But for now, suffice it to say that the space industry needs artists, in unexpected and urgent ways. Curiosity has landed on Mars (hooray!), but if we are going to follow up and get people there, we’ll need to enlist the help of everyone, include non-engineers like you!

Today, I’d like to share with you a newsletter that I helped put together – it represents the experience of the group of Canadians during their 9 weeks of study at ISU SSP12 this summer. You may be surprised at the amazing amount of activity we accomplished in 9 weeks, including witnessing two rocket launches at NASA from a VIP balcony. Just click on the image below to download the PDF. While you are reading, keep in mind that I was able to be deeply involved with over a hundred space-loving people, and spend everyday learning and thinking about space – and I am not a scientist. I’m an artist. If I can find a way to be involved in a rocket launch from NASA’s pad 39A, anyone can! I hope you find the newsletter to be an inspiring spark to fuse your own Path to Mars.

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About Renate Pohl

Theatre Designer, Space and Stained Glass Artist, Writer.
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