NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA did not always have an art program. Thanks to one administrator,  an art program was launched in 1962 to help “tell the agency’s story of adventure.”

Norman Rockwell, 1965, Oil on canvas, Credit: Courtesy Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Licensed by Norman Rockwell Licensing, Niles, IL

With varied points of view, emotion, and styles ranging from abstract to realistic, artists render their perspective of space launches. Its another lens to the story of hard, driving, engineering work that results in fantastical accomplishments. What better way to interpret this magic than with brush, design, and color.

These works are on display in various places, including the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and various NASA field centers, and online.