Celestial Newsletter

Moon Village

Moon Village

Why go as far as Mars, when the moon is right there? Last month Architect firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill released a proposal for a permanent community on the moon. This proposal takes all aspects into consideration - even taking advantage of all the native resources of the moon. https://www.dezeen.com/2019/04/11/moon-village-som-news-design/ A proposal made by the architect firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for a permanent community on the moon consisted of inflatable pods that can be added to the colony as the population grows and expands. One of its main focus is to use the moon’s exciting resources to sustain the...

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Extreme Furniture

Extreme Furniture

A popular design philosophy we’ve always been inspired by is the idea that “designing for the extremes benefits the majority”. One of our favorite examples of this is IKEA’s Rumtid collection.  IKEA explored the concept of living in space and used it to develop a range of furniture and homewares line focused towards micro homes and tight living spaces. https://www.dezeen.com/2018/06/08/ikea-rumtid-furniture-homeware-space-travel/ IKEA previewed the line focused on four elements within the concept of saving space-time, space, water, and air. Each of these elements drove the direction of a specific design. Using these constraints challenged them to explore beyond the traditional and...

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3D Printing on Mars

3D Printing on Mars

Recently NASA held a competition to design a conceptual Mars habitat using 3D modeling software with a focus on 3D printing construction technologies. It’s incredible to see current technological processes being used to conceptualize dwellings and habitats on another planet. https://www.space.com/3d-printed-mars-habitats-nasa-prizes.html Nasa chose 3 teams as finalists to share a 100,000 prize into thinking what would life be on Mars. They had to design full-scale living spaces using modeling software and were graded predominantly on their aesthetic representation and realism. The chosen ideas range from modular pods, using 3D printing as a construction tool and even, reusing parts of the...

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Spacecraft AR

Spacecraft AR

Ever wanted to get a better look at a satellite or spaceship? We love this app that uses AR to examine spacecraft in detail on your phone. It's a unique opportunity to visualize these elements at full scale and a fun way to bring space into your home. https://thefwa.com/article/insights-spacecraft-ar Using current technologies to inspire and cultivate people's curiosity towards space', this App allows you to explore real-life spacecraft. NASA’s intention was to make their technologies accessible to people in their homes and classrooms where space travel is not something that can only be witnessed through movies. A cool feature that...

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Chesley Bonestell

Chesley Bonestell

“Before spacecraft revealed our solar system, Chesley Bonestell's art offered a window into the environments of outer space. His visions often proved true.” http://astronomy.com/news/2019/03/meet-chesley-bonestell-the-most-important-space-artist-youve-probably-never-heard-of I found this article interesting because it made me realize how recent space images actually are. It is only since the later half of the 19th century that images of earth and outer space have been widely available for public view. Before that, we knew nothing about what space landscapes really looked like. The human fascination with space, however, was not stopped by our lack of technology to photograph it. Wildly enough, Chelsey Bonestell was painting...

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Blu Marble

Blu Marble

“A monumental, 20-foot, LED structure depicting a live stream of the Earth from space. Visible by day and night, blu Marble invites the public to consider their presence in a form and scale, never experienced before.” http://www.meetsebastian.com/blu-marble New York, NY - March 7, 2019 - Artist, designer, and activist Sebastian Errazuriz will present his latest public artwork “blu Marble” in New York beginning March 13, 2019. blu Marble is a monumental, 20-foot, LED structure depicting a live stream of the Earth from space. Visible by day and night, blu Marble invites the public to consider their presence in a form...

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