Hardware Art: Space Art Meets Rocket Science

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The Beauty of Space Art

Jon Ramer  •  Ron Miller Editors

The Beauty of Space Art An Illustrated Journey Through the Cosmos Second Edition

Editors Jon Ramer IAAA Mill Creek, WA, USA

Ron Miller South Boston, VA, USA

Second edition of the original work published by the IAAA with the title “Beauty of Space, 2012” ISBN 978-3-030-49358-5    ISBN 978-3-030-49359-2 (eBook) https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-49359-2 © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2012, 2021 This work is subject to copyright. All rights are reserved by the Publisher, whether the whole or part of the material is concerned, specifically the rights of translation, reprinting, reuse of illustrations, recitation, broadcasting, reproduction on microfilms or in any other physical way, and transmission or information storage and retrieval, electronic adaptation, computer software, or by similar or dissimilar methodology now known or hereafter developed. The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, service marks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use. The publisher, the authors, and the editors are safe to assume that the advice and information in this book are believed to be true and accurate at the date of publication. Neither the publisher nor the authors or the editors give a warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to the material contained herein or for any errors or omissions that may have been made. The publisher remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations. Cover image credit: Cosmic Conception - Immaculate Star by Michael Turner This Springer imprint is published by the registered company Springer Nature Switzerland AG The registered company address is: Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland

Foreword By Alan Bean, Apollo 12 Astronaut (written before Alan’s passing on 29 May 2018)

Fig. 1  Photograph of mural at the Astronaut Hall of Fame painted by Alan Bean, photo by Jon Ramer




Most of the art that we see around us, and hangs in the world’s great museums, are what we would see if we lived at the time of the artist on Earth. A record from the distant past to the present, we can see what animals and humans looked like, and what they were doing centuries ago, decades before, and yesterday. For example, all of us seem to enjoy seeing what life was like in France as painted by Impressionist artists the likes of Claude Monet, August Renoir, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley and others at turn of the 20th century. I love that period of time. Others are entertained by seeing what it was like at the time of the opening of the American West, painted so brilliantly by Fredrick Remington and Charles Russell, among others. I know I do. The artists’ work you will see in this amazing and tradition-breaking book are