Twilight of the Space Shuttle
Temporary Exhibit Tells Story of Twilight of the Space Shuttle
A photography exhibition, “The Space Shuttle,” by photographer Roland Miller is on display now until July 18, 2013, on the Quarterdeck at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The exhibition includes rare photographs of the orbiters Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour as well as the machinery and technology required to support them and their missions. The photographs were taken from 2008 through 2011 as the shuttle program began to wind down.
“In this exhibition I used a mix of documentary and abstract photography to explore the historic and social aspects of the shuttle program,” Miller said in a recent interview. A professor of photography, his relationship with NASA began in 1988 when he was called to consult on the disposal of photographic chemicals in an abandoned building. This long-standing relationship with NASA has earned him unique access to the space shuttles and support equipment.
In addition to “The Space Shuttle” exhibition at the National Naval Aviation Museum, Miller has a related exhibit, “Abandoned in Place,” on display at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola State College. This exhibition includes images of launch rings, engine test stands, and pressure gauge panels carefully composed and rendered as paintings.
“These two related – yet very different – exhibitions link us to the pioneering spirit that fueled imaginations and touched lives in significant ways since the mid-20th century,” says Vivian Spencer, Director of the Switzer Center Gallery. “With the retirement of the space shuttles, this chapter in America’s space program has come to a close. While documenting the past, Roland Miller has created a body of work that inspires hope for future space exploration and the future of America’s space program.”
There are 35 photographs in “The Space Shuttle” exhibition that will rotate from May to July 2013 at the Naval Aviation Museum. They are located in the museum entry foyer by the Laser Powered Giant Screen Digital Theater.
By Lieutenant (junior grade) Lisa Lill
Navy Public Affairs Support Element – East Det 40 – Pensacola