Cradle of Life

This is my latest artwork, titled Cradle of Life. It was commissioned by and created for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). This piece symbolically portrays the proposed Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) over the state of New Mexico, looking north. It also represents the compelling future radio astronomy investigation areas being defined by the NRAO Cradle of Life Science Working Group. These areas include the study of star and planet formation, the evolution of protoplanetary disks, and investigating the chemistry of planet forming regions in interstellar space, a key to understanding the initial conditions that lead to the development of life. This artwork was digitally created in Adobe Photoshop as a composited montage of digitally created elements, both “hand-painted” and 3D rendered, acrylic hand-painted elements that have been scanned in, and existing photos. The ngVLA antenna array elements were rendered and graciously provided by Bill Saxton of NRAO. A big Thank You to Suzy Gurton, NRAO Assistant Director of Education and Public Outreach, for inviting me to participate in this wonderful Art & Science collaborative opportunity!

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Aldo Spadoni

Aldo Spadoni, President of Aerospace Imagineering, is an MIT graduate with extensive experience as an aerospace engineer, conceptual designer, and futurist. He has contributed to the conceptual, prototype, and production design of numerous advanced aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft For NASA, DARPA and The U.S. Armed Services. He created an award-winning simulation team at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Aldo is also an accomplished concept designer/inventor with four U.S. patents, space artist, and Hollywood technical consultant. He is a Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) and is currently serving on its Board of Trustees.