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"After Antarctica, the only place left I want to go to is Space..."

Journey to the Sun


Since hopping on a NASA/SpaceX flight sometime soon isn't likely, I created a visual journey to where even Astronauts can't go: the Sun. Using footage I filmed, from the ground and airplanes, combined with imagery from over five NASA research units, I created an hour long expedition.


The journey begins in the terrestrial, with tree-lined views of blue skies, followed by sunsets and rapidly approaching storms. We the navigate up through the clouds via airplanes and slowly ascend 254 miles above Earth, to views from the International Space Station. Traveling around the world several times, we witness the Earth through darkness and light, various terrains, lightning flashes in clouds far below, hurricanes, the Aurora Borealis and Australis, comets, and other celestial bodies. Continuing through the stars, the Moon progresses through a full cycle, and we observe its rough terrain in extreme detail. Approaching the Sun, we begin to see its many magnificent components (which are revealed via extreme ultraviolet imaging tools), including what looks like lava explosions, fiery dragon's breath, and outlines of primordial creatures. These ultraviolet images in this piece detail various elements up to 2.25 million degrees Fahrenheit, including the sun's corona, solar flares, plasma (filaments and prominences), magnetic field lines, coronal mass ejections, and coronal holes that produce "solar wind" which create the Auroras on Earth.


CREDITS:

ALL FILMING FROM EARTH and AIRPLANES: Georgie Friedman


RESEARCH, IMAGE LAYERING & ANIMATION, and EDITING: Georgie Friedman


IMAGERY FROM SPACE is COURTESY OF:

       The Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

       NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

       NASA Scientific Visualization Studio & Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

       Apollo Image Archive NASA / JSC / ASU

       Solar Dynamics Observatory: NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams

       Solar & Heliospheric Observatory: SOHO / LASCO / EIT (ESA & NASA)


SCREENING INFO:

100 Federal St, Boston, MA, Atrium, 16 ft. x 35 ft. video wall | Screening times: TBA

Commissioned by Boston Properties in 2020 | Free and open to the public



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Georgie Friedman, Journey to the Sun, video stills, 2020

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