NSN Webinar Series: Art & Science: Astromaterials 3D and the Power of STEAM

NSN Webinar Series: Art & Science: Astromaterials 3D and the Power of STEAM

  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Outside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Images: NASA ARES; Erika Blumenfeld

On Monday, November 22, 2021, NASA Night Sky Network members joined Erika Blumenfeld from NASA's ARES program at the Johnson Space Center as she shared details of their new Astromaterials 3D project.

From the Astromaterials 3D Home Page: 

Astromaterials 3D is a virtual library of NASA's collections of Apollo Lunar and Antarctic Meteorite samples that was created as an exploration tool for scientific research and the curious public. The mission of Astromaterials 3D is to put these incredible rocks from different origins across our solar system in your hands, virtually.

Conceived and led by Transdisciplinary Artist Erika Blumenfeld, the Astromaterials 3D project began in 2013 with her vision to make these remarkable and rare extraterrestrial samples and their formation stories more accessible to researchers and the public through interactive, high-resolution, research-grade 3D models. Produced by an interdisciplinary team, Astromaterials 3D is a dynamic intersection of art, science and technology.

About Erika Blumenfeld
Erika Blumenfeld is an independent transdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of art, science, nature and culture. Her research-based art practice is motivated by the wonder of natural phenomena and she often works in collaboration with scientists and research institutions, including NASA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the McDonald Observatory, and the South African National Antarctic Program. Blumenfeld is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, and has exhibited widely in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is featured in multiple books and resides in many permanent collections including the Houston Museum of Fine Art. 

Further Information and Additional Viewing Options
The event will also be streaming live on YouTube, but please note that questions asked over the NSN-members-only Zoom Q&A will be prioritized.

The recording was uploaded both to the webinar's resource page and to the NSN YouTube page for folks that were unable to attend this session.

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Last Updated: November 22, 2021


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