On Christmas Eve of 1968, aboard Apollo 8, astronaut William Anders photographed Earthrise, the first full-color image of the Earth from space. For the first time, people could be inspired by the collective beauty of our planet and come away with a renewed motivation to take care it. The awe that comes with seeing the Earth from space is so powerful that the seldom-experienced phenomena has a name: the Overview Effect. Astronauts are some of the only people who have the chance to feel the powerful effect, until now.
British artist Luke Jerram, the sculptor behind guest-favorite Moon by Luke Jerram, returns to HMNS with Gaia – Earth by Luke Jerram. Measuring 23 feet in diameter, Gaia features 120 dpi-detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. More detailed than your classroom world map ever was, the imagery for the artwork was compiled as a part of NASA’s Visible Earth series. The project, called Blue Marble Next Generation, turns satellite data into digital images with a spatial resolution of 500 square meters per pixel.
Experience the Overview Effect when you see Gaia floating above your head in the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Hall. Included with permanent exhibit hall admission and always free for members. Not a member? Become one today!