How Space Art Will Get Us To Mars

NASA’s Arts + Mars program is getting people excited for exploration again.

It was 1944. A war weary public was searching for an escape from the drudgery of the domestic war effort. A little known architect Chesley Bonestell did some space art renderings for Life magazine. The public was astounded. Chesley Bonestell’s Saturn as seen from Mimas was unlike anything they’d ever seen.

Space art prospered, helping to drum up the fervor for the Apollo program seen in the 1966–67 golden age of NASA. When they were operating at roughly 4% of the American budget. The sort of budget which let’s a space agency put a man on the moon…

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