By traditional definitions, space art includes all artistic expressions related to, or inspired by, space through the use of traditional techniques and techniques unique to the properties of space. Space art inspires exploration, captures the beauty of cosmic phenomenon, and helps to communicate concepts otherwise impossible to visualize using conventional means. Space art satisfies a basic human need to express philosophical and religious questions, regarding how we perceive space and its potential uses,
today and in the future.

Space art falls into several categories, such as:

  • Fine art which exploits sensory experiences generated through space exploration
  • Art which expresses the new psychological and philosophical conceptions developed through the exploration of space
  • Art in space, viewed from Earth
  • Art on Earth, viewed from space
  • Art in space, viewed in space
  • The applied arts such as space architecture, interior design and furniture design
  • Fine art which takes advantage of new technologies and materials created through space activities
  • Scientific illustration, painting, or other 2D artwork inspired by space initiatives
  • Microgravity¬†artwork designed for, or facilitated in microgravity environments or simulators (e.g. parabolic flights)
  • Representational/conceptual artwork inspired by space technology
  • Biological art inspired by developments in space related fields
  • Electromagnetic art (x-ray, laser, radio)
  • Artwork designed for other celestial destinations
  • New media artwork inspired by space
  • Electronic artwork inspired by space
  • Performance/music artwork inspired by space

Space art plays the following roles in society:

  • Visualization and inspiration
  • Outreach and education
  • Documentation and communication of space activities and experiences
  • Support and encouragement for scientific exploration
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