Art From Down Under, Seen From Space

Australia art seen from space

Image courtesy of NASA/Scott Kelly

Art From Down Under, Seen From Space

| published October 19, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff


No, the art seen in the photo is not the work of Jackson Pollock, nor Willem De Koonig, nor Mark Rothko. (Nor is it one of the dazzling abstracts provided by our own artist and designer Rob Shields). The vivid gold, orange, silver and blue imagery seen here is a photograph—from space.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, now celebrating his record of the most cumulative days in space, snapped this photograph as the International Space Station was passing over Australia this weekend. The photo—one of seventeen stunning views of the Earth —depicts a remote wilderness area near Baynton and Karratha, in Western Australia.

Kelly has posted all 17 of his Australian “art” images of Earth, as seen from his perch inside the International Space Station, on a NASA Flikr page, Passing Over the Land Down Under (click this link for more).

Australia is a particularly unspoiled and natural area of the Earth, and its complex terrain represent a rich variety of ecosystems and geological formations. This makes for a remarkable subject for Kelly’s photos of the world below, and especially the land down under.

Photo courtesy of NASA/Scott Kelly

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