Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2016): PoSSUM SciArt

The Art of Science Communication: How astronautics enables science communication through human stories and artistic interpretation.

Astronaut Nicole Stott, Astronaut Don Pettit, Dr. Sarah Jane Pell, Dr. Jason Riemuller & Jancy McPhee


Project PoSSUM and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University curated this engaging and insightful discussion to explore creative and artistic ways in which the human component of crewed space missions can better communicate science. The forum consisted of artist and retired astronaut Nicole Stott, astronaut Don Pettit, Project PoSSUM Executive Director Jason Reimuller, artist and explorer Sarah Jane Pell, and neuroscientist and SciArt Exchange Executive Director Jancy McPhee. The first of a series of PoSSUM SciArt workshops, this panel focused on how astronautics enables science communication through human stories and artistic interpretation.

PoSSUM SciArt Panel-1 Nicole Stott, 2016 PoSSUM SciArt Panel-2 Sarah Jane Pell, 2016 PoSSUM SciArt Panel-3 Sarah Jane Pell, Don Pettit, 2016 PoSSUM SciArt Panel-4 Sarah Jane Pell, Jason Rimuller, 2016 PoSSUM SciArt Panel-5 Nicole Stott, Don Pettit, Sarah Jane Pell, Jason Rimuller, Jancie McPhee, 2016 PoSSUM SciArt Panel-6 Don Pettit, Sarah Jane Pell, Jancy McPhee, 2016

The forum coincided with PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 1601, including Dr. Sarah Jane Pell together with candidates from Egypt, Germany, Canada, Portugal, and the US at Embry-Riddle to study noctilucent cloud science and learn how to operate PoSSUM instrumentation on simulated suborbital spaceflight through a one-week program spanning 8-14 April, 2016. The forum emphasized the PoSSUM mission, itself an intersection of art and science; since imaging noctilucent cloud structures is as much of an art as a science, the measurements PoSSUM candidates will make can only be made by a trained human operator since the features of interest are simply not visible from the ground or from orbit. “Really wonderful things come through the integration of art and science”, said artist and retired NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott.

PoSSUM SciArt Public Event, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. 9 Apr 2016.

PoSSUM, an acronym for Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere is a 501(c)3 hosted by ERAU. Copyright © 2016 Project PoSSUM.

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