Space highlights of 2015 – Picturing Space

Here’s the third of five short posts that count down to ESA Astronaut Tim Peake’s blast off to the International Space Station on 15 December. The five posts double up as my Space highlights for 2015…

(#3) Imaging, not just imagining, Space

Each year we are seeing more of Space, and further into Space. We benefit from actual imagery captured by ever more powerful telescopes in orbit, and various craft that are on journeys into deep Space carrying powerfully capable digital cameras. We also have artistic composites like the one linked below – an interactive 360-degree view from Mars.


Even fictional feature films are getting more accurate – and attracting genuine praise from the pros. I’ve seen and heard many nods of respect from astronomers and astrophysicists for films like Interstellar (2014) and The Martian (2015).

There have been many visual highlights this year but, for me, a special nod goes to fascinating pictures and beguiling footage of dwarf planet “Ceres”. The puzzle of the incredibly bright spots was quite captivating…CeresReutersCapture

P.s.  Again this highlight has resonance with my debut novel. The book imagines long duration Space projects that use on-board cameras…

Spoiler. Given that one of the key characters is a photojournalist, it is perhaps small wonder that ‘cameras’ (visualisation and ways of seeing, etc) provide symbolic potential throughout the book.



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