Art in Space
Another highlight in the international Visitor Art
TerraSAR-X takes first Space-Visitor with it on
its journey into Space
Contemporary art has entered
unexplored territory with the launch of the first "Space Visitor" on
board TerraSAR-X. The sculpture, created by the two internationally
known artists Ragnhild Becker und Gunar Seitz, is the largest 3-dimentional
piece of art to have ever been mounted onto a space satellite.
The Space Visitor is
made from an aluminium alloy suitable for Space with a unique coating
especially developed by the space systems company Astrium. It is
15 cm high and weighs 354.4g. The instalment and transport costs
were covered by Astrium GmbH in Immenstaad am
Bodensee under the project management of Wolfgang Pitz.
The sculpture will orbit the Earth approximately every 95 minutes at
a height of 514km. During this time the Earth will have continued turning
on its own axis so that within a maximum of four days the Visitor will
have flown over every point on the planet. The satellite will travel
at a speed of about 7.5 km per second and will circle the Earth on
a polar orbit 15 times a day. The life-expectancy of the satellite
has been projected for 5 years and the sculpture will burn up along
with it when they re-enter the earth's atmosphere.
At the same time two bronze Polar Visitors will be making
their way to the Arctic and Antarctic respectively. The Northern campaign
will be organised and supervised by Dr. Christian Haas, head of the
German Cyro-Sat Project Office (AWI).
The German Aerospace Centre will take the second Polar Visitor to
the Antarctic DLR Station with the aim of it being taken on into the
central South Polar Region.
Space Visitor and the Polar Visitors will make up
a set of triplets whereby the Polar Visitors will be flown
over by the Visitor installed in TerraSAR-X several times a day. This
campaign is an additional highlight for the international Visitor Project
in which many hundreds of people in over 60 countries all over the
world have already played an active role.
The 3 works of art will be dispersed and therefore entrusted to the
general public, thereby removing them from the art market. This exactly
expresses the philosophy behind the whole Visitor campaign
of Becker and Seitz, as the sculptures will not be owned by anybody.
So in a few years time at the end of the mission when the Space-Visitor re-enters
the atmosphere it will burn up into its respective elements and in
minute quantities return to Earth.
Further information can be found on www.weltraumkunst.de