photo: fields in desert, Tubarjal / Satellite: Sentinel-2, Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)
“You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe.”
Buckminster Fuller, 1895-1983
Like a spaceship, Earth travels on its course through the universe. We’re the passengers. Unfortunately, we haven’t been provided with an operating manual for Spaceship Earth and the provisions aboard our craft are finite. The population is growing, per capita energy consumption is on the rise, and the resources are getting scarcer.
Another point about Spaceship Earth is: Nobody can disembark! We have to continue on our journey through space together and attempt to better understand System Earth.
Satellites help us to analyze complex global interrelationships: the development of the weather, the ongoing measurement of expanding cities, surveillance of the oceans’ surface, the detection of forest fires. Thanks to satellite technology, we can obtain the precise data that we need to protect our environment. After all, this is the only Earth we’ve got.
This exhibition showcases satellite images and the astounding depth of information inherent in these impressive pictures. What do we learn from the observation of Earth from high above our planet, and how are we to react to what we find out? “Spaceship Earth,” an exhibition produced jointly by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Ars Electronica, focuses on this issue.
ESA – MISSION STATEMENT
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. More about the ESA: www.esa.int/eo
Ars Electronica Blog
Get some impressions of the exhibition opening: Ars Electronica Blog.