US space exploration is beginning to take on a different light and persona since its exceptional beginnings in 1958 – the ending of the NASA space shuttle program earlier this year; the exploration of space by manned space shuttles to be carried out by private companies; the landing of the new Curiosity Rover on Mars; and the death of the first astronaut to step foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. Even though astronauts from around the globe will still congregate at the International Space Station while scientists scour the galaxies from Earth with powerful telescopes and images from far away satellites traveling beyond our solar system — things have still changed a lot in the continual exploration of the unknown.
This series of images put together by designer Matthew Spencer, demonstrate the universal and collective nature of NASA as a publicly funded organization. The requirements for his project was to conceptually redesign an ad campaign, and Matthew chose to prepose a more esoteric view of NASA, with quotes by some of his favorite science minds: Carl Sagan, Arthur C. Clarke, and Richard Buckminster Fuller.
The quotes come from some of the greatest minds of the 20th Century, and touch on our need to understand the void which exists beyond our blue dot in the solar system. They explain what we’re made of, what is and has been, our concerns, dreams, futures, our smallness compared to what’s possibly out there, and our advancements in space travel. The quote by Arthur C. Clarke seems especially fitting, given the landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover – “We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” Whether it will happen in our lifetime or not, is yet to be decided.