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The last 50 years have seen many memorable space-related moments. The first man on the moon, longing for Mars, the discovery of new planets. Artists and designers have been exploring its implications and possibilities throughout the decades. Here's the start of a mixed collection of historical footage and works by artists, architects and scientists.

"We choose to go to the Moon" Speech by U.S. President John F. Kennedy to a large crowd gathered at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas on September 12, 1962 with the goal to persuade the American people to support the Apollo program, the national effort to land a man on the Moon.

Although space is a virtual vacuum there is sound in space. NASA recorded the differences between planets in a fascinating soundtrack.


It is through science-fiction director Fritz Lang that the first human on the Moon was actually female. In his movie Frau in Mond (1929) professor George Manfeldt discovers the presence of gold on the Moon and builds a rocket, Friede, to go and get it...

Roden Crater (James Turell & Arizona State University, 2019)

Since January 2019 and after a generous donation by Kanye West of $10 million, the Arizona State University (ASU) has teamed up with Turrell to finish the Roden Crater, an epical land art project started by James Turll in the 1970s, within the next 5 years. Video: Klaus Obermayer.

Canorgraphy (Roos Meerman, 2018)

The Canorgraphy machine makes it possible to visualize rhythms, music or recorded sounds into patterns on textile or paper. In the series of drawings called ‘Sounds of the Universe’ the Canorgraphy translated the sounds NASA recorded in space into unique works of art.

The Powers of Ten (Charles and Ray Eames, 1977)

Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.

Moon Temple (Jorge Mañes Rubio, 2017)

A new era of colonisation and exploitation of celestial bodies may include a ‘Moon Village’ —a new open collaborative robotic and human presence on the Moon— The Moon Temple could serve social, cultural and spiritual purposes and will be built using sintered lunar regolith. 

Man and the Moon (Walt Disney & Wernher von Braun, 1955)

More than 10 years before moon travelling became a reality, it was an experience at Walt Disney's Tomorrowland. This footage contains a well-crafted animation of how we have dealt with the moon since human existence, but is also offers a scenario for a real trip to the moon, which prepared American citizens and presidents alike for the possibility of a Moon landing.

DSTART (Angelo Vermeulen, 2018)

Enjoy some biological science fiction by scientist and artist Angelo Vermeulen, as presented at the Breda Photo Festical in 2018. DSTART believes that traveling through the unpredictable and hostile Cosmos demands a radically different design: they think of evolution and growth, adaptation and development.

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