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April 13, 2018 4:05 PM   Subscribe

William Wegman's Weimaraner works are well-known. Two of them were installed in a Washington, DC Metro station. They were outtakes from Chip and Batty Explore Space, a work commissioned by the now-defunct NASA art program, more examples of which can be found on NASA's Flickr.
posted by Johnny Wallflower (3 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
For contemporary space exploration art, see the work of The Studio at JPL.

I'm curious whether the NASA art program is officially defunct. It was still offering small honorariums in 2008.
posted by zamboni at 5:06 PM on April 13, 2018

I love the "It's a dog." response. I appreciate the history but that was hilarious and I kind of wish it stopped there.

I've never seen these but I'm rarely in that station. Since this question is from November, I assume they are still there so I'll look for them next time.
posted by darksong at 4:50 AM on April 14, 2018

I've said it before, and I will probably have to keep saying it until I die: Laika was not the first animal in space. She was the first animal in orbit.

The first animals were fruit flies, on a suborbital flight from White Sands on February 20, 1947. The first mammal, a rhesus monkey named Albert II on June 14, 1949. Things did not go well, and there was an Albert III through Albert VI before the Americans recovered the last one in September of '51.

The first dogs in space were Dezik and Tsygan, on a suborbital flight in an R2-A rocket on July 22, 1951. Seven days later Dezik and another dog, Lisa, were killed on a second flight. Tsygan was then adopted out of pity by Anatoli Blagonravov, later famous for helping negotiate the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The pair were a familiar sight around Star City for years afterward. Good dog, 12/10.
posted by Quindar Beep at 10:02 AM on April 14, 2018 [3 favorites]

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