As a designer, sometimes you need to look far and wide to find inspiration, and often the places that provide that spark of inspiration are unexpected and, as the image above proves, unexpectedly far away. What is it? That's a fair question and I'll give you three guesses. No, it's not a vinyl record, a piece of op-art or a close-up view of some tree rings. This is just one of an awesome collection of images that have been beamed across space from Nasa's Cassini space probe, shooting through the Solar System at speeds of up to 98,346 miles per hour on its ongoing mission with New Horizons. It gives you some idea of the scale of this humble little galaxy of ours to remember that pluto, New Horizons' latest photographic subject, is a paltry 7.5 billion kilometres away – a distance which has taken around 9.5 years to complete. And all this to furnish my eyes with some wonderfully abstract monochrome images that will inspire my forthcoming design concepts...well, not just that; I'm sure the scientists are getting some use out of them as well.
Thanks NASA, and happy 46th anniversary of the moon landing!
You can see more from the Cassini / New Horizons mission at NASA's website and just to bring you back to earth, why not learn more about what we do at theblueballroom by visiting the page below. Just a click away (no need for rockets).