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The Space Café Podcast #79: Michael Lentz & Mark SubbaRao – NASA’s Creative Wizards, Space Storytelling, and the Art of Communicating Science

Michael Lentz & Mark SubbaRao; Credits: Linkedin

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present: The Space Café Podcast #79: Michael Lentz & Mark SubbaRao – NASA’s Creative Wizards, Space Storytelling, and the Art of Communicating Science 

Episode 079  features special guests: Michael Lentz & Mark SubbaRao

In this episode, join Michael Lentz, the Art Director for the Conceptual Image Lab at NASA, and Mark SubbaRao, the lead at NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, as they delve into the art of communicating science and space storytelling. Learn how visualization plays a crucial role in bridging the gap between science and the general public and discover the potential of art and technology to inspire and educate people about space.

Key topics:

🔹 The role of art and visualization in communicating science

🔹 The importance of storytelling in sharing knowledge about space

🔹 The challenges of creating accurate and realistic space visualizations

🔹 The potential of art and technology to inspire and educate people about space

3 memorable moments to share:

 ➡️ “There’s so much room for creativity and for interpretation within the scientific data that we have, and that’s really where the art comes in.” – Michael Lentz

➡️ “Everybody has a story, and I think that’s one of the very visceral parts of being human. It’s how we learn by telling stories to each other.” – Mark SubbaRao

➡️ “The goal of any visualization is to tell a story and to convey information in a way that is understandable and memorable.” – Michael Lentz

Good to know:

🔍 Space Telescopes such as Hubble or JWST have been game-changers in providing high-resolution imagery of space that can be used for scientific visualization.

🔍 The Scientific Visualization Studio and Conceptual Image Lab work together to create compelling visualizations that help convey complex space-related concepts.

🔍 Visualizations can be used for various purposes, such as education, mission planning, or public outreach, depending on the target audience and the message being conveyed.

Sources and links:

🔹 NASA Scientific Visualization Studio: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/

🔹 NASA Conceptual Image Lab: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cilab/index.html

🔹 Michael Lentz: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thecrayon/

🔹 Mark SubbaRao: https://www.linkedin.com/in/msubbarao/

🔹 Public Service Broadcasting “Go”: https://open.spotify.com/track/5xYZXIgVAND5sWjN8G0hID?si=5b23d423075a4262

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