'I am pleased to welcome Swedish film makers Per Bifrost and Alexander Rynéus as our guest artists for October. Per and Alexander are currently working on a fascinating fictio-documentary called 'Earthling's Quest', focusing on SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and METI (Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) research. Back in July I had the pleasure to interview them to discuss the content of the documentary in greater details. Per and Alexander will continue presenting their work throughout October, posting updates on the development of their project'. Daniela de Paulis. Interview: I see that you have been spending time and interviewing some of...

This week I started a new series of paintings in my ‘eARTh from space' collection called “Sunrise and Sunset from Space”. I am so thankful now for the pictures and videos from my spaceflight. It is so surreal to think that I was actually there. I know I was there and I have vivid memories of particular things like floating and flying freely, and of course spending time soaking up the incredible view through the windows, but the memory of the overall experience is a little like a dream. One of the most visually stunning images and memories that sums...

Why on Earth (ha!) would you give up your astronaut job to be an artist? That's a question I've had a lot over the past year since retiring from NASA and the astronaut office. Believe me it was a difficult decision to make the retiring from the astronaut office part, not the artist part. I still pinch myself every day that by some act of God (really!) I was selected to be an astronaut. In fact, I pinch myself every day that I was blessed to do any and all of the incredible jobs I had with NASA...

I look forward to sharing some of my own artwork and the inspiration behind it as part of this blog series, but for this installment I would like to share a little bit about another AstroArts project I'm supporting. The project is called “Hope 1: The Space Suit Art Project”. My guess is that anyone reading this blog will agree that spaceflight and all that goes along with it is inspirational. This inspiration presents itself in so many ways - inspiring children to pursue an education and careers in STEM fields, inspiring innovative research and technology developments, inspiring cooperation between...

I want to start this first blog by saying how incredibly honored I am that AWB invited me to participate as the AstroArtist of the Month. This is really a very humbling thing for me. My entire professional career over the past 30 years has focused on the "Astro" piece of AstroArtist - first as a NASA engineer supporting the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs at both the Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers, and later as a NASA astronaut who was blessed to fly twice in space. The "Artist" has always been there in the background, but last year...

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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.