In 1962, four years after NASA was founded, Administrator James E. Webb recognized space exploration would make a profound cultural impact, in addition to advancing science and technology. He established the NASA Art Program to commission pieces from prominent artists that would illustrate and interpret the space agency’s missions.
NASA/ART: 50 Years of Exploration is available for pre-order @ Amazon, and some of the art will be on exhibition over the next few years around the country. (I hope a museum on the West Coast picks it up! Colorado’s too far for me.)
Artists, like astronauts, constantly probe the unknown. Shortly after its establishment in 1958, NASA created the NASA Art Program on the principle that artists are uniquely equipped to interpret and document the experience of space exploration.