The first real opportunity for individuals or institutions in the world to access space at a very reasonable cost arose from NASA’s Get-Away-Special Program (GAS) that was announced in 1976. Artists were not excluded per se from the GAS Program as long as they could satisfy the basic requirement that GAS payloads must have some human or technical benefit. NASA would not fly art just for art’s sake and was very strict about this requirement. Subsequently, four artists managed to meet this criterion and have their art payloads accepted into NASA’s GAS Program. The first artist was Joseph McShane from...

Shrimp Cocktail has been in NASA food systems since the Apollo days and is still one of the most popular astronaut foods. Shrimp are very conducive to freeze drying. When processed properly, the dehydrated shrimp are very similar to fresh shrimp after water is added. Astronaut Story Musgrave (STS-6, STS-51F, STS-33, STS-44, STS-61, STS-80) liked shrimp cocktail so much that he requested it for every meal, every day for the duration of the mission. Shrimp Cocktail in the current flight package on the left and the early Shuttle flight package on the right. The Recipe: - 4 lbs Individually Quick...

Dan Goods has been working as the Visual Strategist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 10 years. While there he has had the opportunity to work on a number of interesting projects. From drilling a hole into a grain of sand, to projecting onto aerogel, to simulating the surface of Jupiter. These are just some of the projects Dan will share the concepts behind, as well as some behind the scenes stories that will give insight into his creative process and the NASA missions he has worked with. Join Goods for his LIVE presentation "Aerogel, Jupiter, and Galileo's Bones: Creative...

For GAM 2013, Dr. Charles Bourland - author of the book “ The Astronaut’s Cookbook ” - will share recipes throughout the month. We invite you to try them and share your images via our Facebook , Twitter or on Flickr group . The recipe for this week is Skylab Butter Cookies used on the Skylab Missions from June 1973 to February 1974. The butter cookies are easy to make, store well and produce a fragrant aroma while baking. After most of the Skylab foods had been developed it was determined that the system needed a snack. Not...

Richard Clar, a Los Angeles/Paris new media interdisciplinary artist, founded Art Technologies in 1987 as a liaison between the worlds of art and technology. His philosophically-oriented artwork turned towards art-in-space in 1982 with a NASA-approved art payload for the U.S. Space Shuttle. Richard Clar's current work encompasses site-specific environmental issues ranging from orbital debris to water-management on Earth; war and peace; and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). His work has been exhibited in museums, universities, and galleries in the U.S. and Europe. In 2007 Richard Clar was elected as a Full Member into the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)....

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.