Sun-powered, citizen-funded LightSail 2 in orbit

December 1st, 2019

The first citizen-funded spacecraft to successfully demonstrate a new form of propulsion, the LightSail 2 could be a game-changer that opens up space exploration. Approximately 50,000 people from more than 100 countries, as well as foundations and corporate partners, donated to the $7 million mission from 2009 through March 2019. Photos: Josh Spradling, The Planetary […]

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Sculpture in the sky

September 1st, 2019

To celebrate the many beautiful and historic places in Massachusetts preserved by The Trustees, artist Doug Aitken created a continuous, flowing art event. His balloon sculpture provided a lens that enabled people to see their environment in a unique new way. Photo: Doug Aitken Workshop and The Trustees. The summer road trip—everything packed into the […]

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Soul-shifting fashion

June 1st, 2019

Fashion designer Iris van Herpen is known for pushing boundaries. The Amsterdam-based designer exploits symbiotic relationships, using highly technical methods, including 3D printing and laser cutting, to create expansive, even tumultuous designs that seem to flow from her imagination. For her latest collection, Shift Souls, van Herpen found inspiration in celestial cartography, Japanese mythology and […]

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