For 13 years the Cassini satellite has explored Saturn and its moons. On Friday, September 15, 2017, it will become a streak of ash when it completes its Grand Finale: a self-disintegrating final mission to plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere at 77,200 mph and end its own life. To celebrate the life and death of one of Nasa’s most successful satellite programs, Japanese visual design studio WOW has created in immersive installation in that is opening in New York City on September 15th, the same day that Cassini’s mission comes to an end.
In collaboration with artist Gabriel Pulecio, WOW has created “Beyond Cassini,” an experiential artwork that allows viewers to become immersed in an infinity room with projections and an LED floor as they experience Cassini’s fleeting memories in its last moments of life. “It’s been said, just before a person dies their life’s biggest moments flash before their eyes. ‘Beyond Cassini’ uses this narrative to celebrate the accomplishments of one of the most successful and beloved Satellites in space exploration history.”
The abstract visuals are based on the satellites life achievement’s, including the flyby of Venus, mapping the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, the plumes of Enceladus, and first encounters with Pheobe. Beyond Cassini opens on September 15, 2017 at hpgrp gallery in Chelsea and runs through September 27th.