cover design for Arizona State University’s member team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute 2008; mix of image editing & digital painting about this piece: This image became the cover page of Anbar et al.’s proposal to establish an NAI member center at Arizona State; the center became active in 2009. The image illustrates the astrophysical origins (e.g., Big Bang and supernova) of the chemical elements that make up life as we know it. Most of this life is, of course, microbial — even if we don’t think about that in our everyday experience.
Combining life-long passions for astronomy and visual arts, Nahks is a multimedia specialist for the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at The Pennsylvania State University. His primary interests are astrobiology and human space exploration, and he aims to share those through science communication — art, writing, education & public outreach, ... and most recently, video games. Nahks trains in Kokikai-ryu Aikido with the Penn State Aikido Club and studies Urasenke-style Japanese tea ceremony through the Penn State Tea Institute. He also practices a bit of classic East-Asian inkbrush painting and calligraphy, among other medieval-recreation activities related to being a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. He's kind of a sci-fi/fantasy geek in general, who's also into a lot of tabletop and computer gaming. View all posts by Nahks Tr'Ehnl