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The startling majesty – and deceptive complexity – of Michael Benson’s space art can be traced back through a process he dubs “true color.”
Time: The Cosmos In Living Color: Michael Benson’s Interstellar Imagery

Benson is a visual stylist with a gift for framing and focus. Apart from cutting-edge high-definition renderings of our solar system’s most familiar objects, he also routinely converts extra-terrestrial terrain into thrilling, abstract landscapes that seem positioned somewhere between the scientific and the avant-garde.

“At least with this particular subject matter, I usually try to give as accurate a representation as possible of what the human eye might see if we could travel to these places ourselves.”
Michael Benson — Slate: Curating the Cosmos

See also

  • Gordon Ugarkovic’s spectacular take on NASA’s Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan.
  • A Look Behind the Future — This fascinating documentary featurette looks at the production of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and also the Apollo programme, which had yet to put man on the moon.
  • Waltz Around Saturn with this video showing highlights from Cassini’s exploration of the giant planet, its magnificent rings, and fascinating family of moons.
  • …and other posts tagged ‘space
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Planetfall: New Solar System Visions

“Michael Benson is a man utterly fascinated with outer space and he has fixed his talents on creating visions that break free of the confines of Earth, enabling viewers to behold the unseen wonders of the universe.” — Time

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