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NSS Space Forum: Space Art: Documenting the Story of NASA’s Quest for the Moon
In 1962, Chris’ father Paul Calle was chosen as one of the first eight artists of the newly established NASA Art Program. Created by then-NASA Administrator James Webb, who, sensing the increasing public interest in space exploration sought to use art as a way to emotionally capture NASA's progress in its quest for the Moon. Beginning in May of 1963, with the final Mercury flight, Paul Calle and the other artists documented the wonders of spaceflight through the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs. Captured through the artists’ eyes, the artwork they created shaped the stories of the human spaceflight program and did much to inspire the nation as NASA progressed to Armstrong’s “one small step.” With a focus on his father’s work and of the other artists, Chris will trace this visual history by highlighting this impressive work. Chris will conclude with his own story as a NASA space artist and the role space artists play today in documenting and visualizing space exploration.

Feb 11, 2021 09:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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