Jim Leonardson

Kepler Space Observatory by Jim Leonardson

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Artist Statement

"The Kepler space observatory was launched in 2009 to find earth size exoplanets in the habitable zone (where liquid water is possible) of other stars in our galaxy. By 2015, 1,000 exoplanets had been discovered using the transition method, where small drops in a star's output indicate a planet blocking light. When two of its reaction wheels failed, the solar wind was used to stabilize it. Its new mission was designated "K2". The design shows a small planet transiting a star, as in a multiple exposure. Beneath the name is its COSPAR designation. Kepler's four solar panels are arranged in a partial hexagon shape, when viewed from above, so I chose a hexagon for the patch outline." - Jim Leonardson

Jim Leonardson is a graphic designer, typographer and illustrator who works in Chicago, Illinois. In his spare time he does woodworking with antique hand tools.

About Space Horizons

Space Horizons is a new collection of mission patch designs for your favorite past, present and future missions to help engage a new generation in the excitement of extending humanity’s reach beyond Earth. Proceeds support Space Horizons, an innovative non profit that promotes interest in STEM education for minority and female students in underserved communities.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.