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Why Send Art Into Space?

Planet Labs, an Earth-imaging company, paired with the Autodesk Pier 9 Workshopfor an out-of-this-world art installation. Artists were selected to create a collection of work, which was then laser-etched on Planet Labs's satellite panels. Images from these satellites provide important data on environmental changes and other issues. The "Art in Space" exhibition is either in orbit or awaiting launch from the International Space Station. "We want to inspire people to investigate science, to investigate creativity, to go do beautiful art pieces in an uncomfortable and unique manner," says Forest Stearns, art director for Planet Labs. Hear more about the project in filmmaker Charlie Nordstrom's intriguing piece.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.