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Paper Planets #ArtTuesday

An astronomer and researcher at the Planetary Science Institute, Jamie Molaro is worked on the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu and the Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She also uses paper to make amazing, multilayered sculptures of planets. Here’s more from Art the Science:

I think my favorite piece will always be The Book of Moon. It’s a piece of paper art showing a cratered lunar landscape carved into the pages of my PhD thesis and then housed in a book-shaped wooden box. The landscape itself was created using topography data from a spacecraft orbiting the Moon. The topography is sliced up into approximately 150 layers and each was cut out of one of the pages. The content of my thesis described researched that I had done studying the ways in which rocks and landforms on the Moon break down into dust over time. So I felt that carving this type of landscape into the pages was a nice juxtaposition of the artistic and scientific processes, as you can see glimpses of the thesis text and figures that shown through and colour the landscape.

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  1. Super cool!

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