Two (near) working models

June 1st, 2015

Here are two (near) working models:

This is a mock up of diorama09: 10 to the power of 6 (Moon’s radius: 1.7 x 106, Earth’s radius: 6 x 106) and 10 to the power of 8 (Earth-Moon distance: 4 x 108). This diorama is a composite of 3 images:

1. The lunar surface in mid-ground is from the photograph known as ‘Earthrise’, taken from the Lunda Orbiter I in 1966, by astronauts, Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. The lined texture of the image originates from the photograph being transmitted back to Earth on 24 December 1968 during aa live broadcast when the module was in orbit. [Image credit: NASA]

2. The photograph of the astronaut is of  Charles M. Duke Jr., Lunar Module pilot of the Apollo 16 mission. It was taken by John W. Young at Station no. 1, the Descartes landing site on 21 April 1971. [Image credit: NASA]

3. The moving image at the back is a contemporary visualisation of NASA’s fleet of 18 earth-observing satellites and the International Space Station as of February 2015. NASA’s desecription reads, ‘These satellites measure rainfall, solar irradiance, clouds, sea surface height, ocean salinity, and other aspects of the global environment. Together, they provide a picture of the Earth as a system.’ [Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio]

The composite in the diorama intends to capture human scale in relation to the celestial bodies closest to us by referring to shared memories and public imagination of our physical experiences of these places.

This is a mock-up/ near-working model of diorama03: 10 to the power of -6 (Diameter of human blood corpuscle, 7.5 x 10-6).

The diorama is a composition based ‘a scanning electron microscope image of normal circulating human blood’. The image description reads: ‘One can see red blood cells, several white blood cells including lymphocytes, a monocyte, a neutrophil, and many small disc-shaped platelets.  showing leukocytes, red blood cells and platelets.’ [Image and description credit: Bruce Wetzel (photographer). Harry Schaefer (photographer), National Cancer Institute).

The diorama is constructed to give a sense of peering inside a human blood vessel.

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