Ars Ad Astra
On September 3, 1995, Ars ad Astra: the first art exhibition in Earth orbit was launched to the Mir space station. The mission was organized under the auspices of the European Space Agency (ESA) in the context of the EUROMIR 95 mission. Artists from around the world were invited to submit artworks created around the theme “Space and Humanity”, each measuring 21 x 30 cm and utilizing “space qualified” art materials.
20 original artworks and a digital archive of all of the submitted artworks were sent to the Mir space station.
The project was organized by the Swiss based OURS Foundation, in cooperation with the European Space Agency for the first art exhibition to take place beyond Earth. Arthur Woods served as project manager and Marco C. Bernasconi served as technical director.
After holding an international competition, twenty original art works were selected by a jury of art and space experts for an exhibition on the Mir space station.