Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes
November 11, 2009 throught March 28, 2010
at the Museum in Luria Hall
Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes paints a rarely seen and mesmerizing portrait of our Solar System with incredible aesthetic and scientific appeal. Award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and artist Michael Benson has digitally processed 40 years of raw imagery from NASA and European Space Agency missions to create seamless photographs of unprecedented clarity and realism. Using a process he calls “mosaicing,” Benson explores the visual legacy of robotic space missions. Featuring 35 large-scale framed prints, Beyond also highlights the similarities between the geological formations and atmospheric disturbances on Earth and the other planets. From the erupting volcanoes in Sicily and the lava eruptions on Jupiter’s moon Io, to the deep craters on the moon and the pocketed terrain of Neptune’s moon Triton, to the stormy clouds of Greenland and the dust storms on Mars…Beyond reveals the beauty, mystery and drama of space. The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Exhibition entrance included with Museum general admission.