First Civilian Artist In Space

Many people have dreamed of becoming an astronaut, but few have worked quite so hard as Michael Najjar to make it happen. The photographer plans to become the first artist in space, something he has been training extensively for since 2012. He hopes to fly on Virgin Galactic’s maiden voyage when it takes off later this year or next year, and has been documenting his progress in the series outer space. The images combine photography and computer-generated effects that record Najjar’s training and advances in technology, like the James Webb Space Telescope, that let us reach ever-further into the cosmos. The photos are breathtaking in their scale and imagination, providing a dreamlike look at the future of space exploration.

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