Space Art: The Last Pictures

Earthrise

Artist Trevor Paglen was commissioned by Creative Time to create "The Last Pictures", a public art project in space. Paglen has chosen 100 images to put on an ultra-archival, golden silicon disc designed to last billions of years that will be sent into orbit aboard the Echostar XVI satellite soon. Hear him discuss how he chose the images and why. 

Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms ( Courtesy of Al Jazeera English )
The Pit Scene, Lascaux Cave
The Pit Scene, Lascaux Cave ( © Hans Hinz / ARTOTHEK )
Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, 1940
Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, 1940 ( Glacier National Park Archives )
Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, 2006
Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, 2006 ( U.S. Geological Survey )
Narbona Panel, Canyon de Chelly
Narbona Panel, Canyon de Chelly ( Navajo Nation )
Waterspout, Florida Keys
Waterspout, Florida Keys ( National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce )
Suez Canal, Egypt
Suez Canal, Egypt ( [image from public domain] )
Dust Storm, Stratford, Texas
Dust Storm, Stratford, Texas ( National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce )
Soyuz Fg Rocket Launch, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Soyuz Fg Rocket Launch, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan ( NASA/Carla Cioffi )
Typhoon, Japan, Early Twentieth Century
Typhoon, Japan, Early Twentieth Century ( National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce )
Greek and Armenian Orphan Refugees Experience the Sea for the First Time, Marathon, Greece
Greek and Armenian Orphan Refugees Experience the Sea for the First Time, Marathon, Greece
Earthrise
Earthrise ( NASA/William Anders )
Old Operating Theater, St. Thomas Church, Southwark, London
Old Operating Theater, St. Thomas Church, Southwark, London ( Courtesy of Trevor Paglen )
Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, Colorado ( [image from public domain] )
Glimpses of America, American National Exhibition, Moscow World’s Fair
Glimpses of America, American National Exhibition, Moscow World’s Fair ( © 2012 Eames Office, LLC (www.eamesoffice.com) )
Migrants Seen by Predator Drone, U.S.-Mexico Border
Migrants Seen by Predator Drone, U.S.-Mexico Border ( [image from public domain] )
Ultra-archival image disc inside gold plated aluminum shell
Ultra-archival image disc inside gold plated aluminum shell ( Courtesy of Trevor Paglen )
Ultra-archival image disc inside gold plated aluminum shell
Ultra-archival image disc inside gold plated aluminum shell ( Courtesy of Trevor Paglen )
Ultra-archival image disc inside gold plated aluminum shell
Ultra-archival image disc inside gold plated aluminum shell ( Courtesy of Trevor Paglen )
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