Dante Lauretta is a Professor of Planetary Science in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. He is the Principal Investigator for the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. This blog is his forum to share experiences related to planetary exploration including the science, engineering, managerial, and political issues surrounding this topic.

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    Jason D’Aquino is a renown contemporary Fine Artist. Mark Parker the CEO of Nike commissioned D’Aquino last year to complete a ‘NASA / space exploration’ themed five part series – of hyper detailed Matchbook Miniature drawings for his extraordinary private Fine Art collection.

    D’Aquino is a miraculous miniaturist who works on found antique paper with just a pencil – using the matchbook for scale reference , being that art is now viewed in digital format – his graphite masterpieces are generally no larger than 1″x1″.

    This five part series is an amazing example of top of the industry Fine Art works : which in content and execution speak directly to the meticulous values associated with NASA and the conquest of the universe beyond our planet Earth.

    I truly believe that these works would be an amazing springboard for more high profile Fine Artists to promote and celebrate your latest project OSIRIS-REx.

    Here are the links to the pieces we would submit 🙂

    “Astronauts” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6v3vYnhI4k ,
    “Capsule” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkaBFQ9P3Zg ,
    “Life” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7abg7ayTEwM ,
    “X-Ray Spaceman” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHGvytekboc ,
    “Millennium” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmz_zPtFSuE .

    I have never loved any two past-times more than star gazing and creating art. This project absolutely kicks ass and I think it’s my favorite performance piece to date.

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