The influence of neighboring plants on plant reproduction in high stress environments
Category: Use of Astronomy and Space Exploration to Advance Art
Institution: Private Expedition
This project, based in the Arctic Circle, Alta, Finnmark, Norway, produced a series of images of the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, The Great Bear and The Little Bear, with the use of digital SLRs and telescopes. As these constellations sit within the Circumpolar Circle north of the Celestial Equator this project involved tracking and photographing these stellar bodies that are unable to set below the horizon from the perspective of the telescope within the Arctic Circle. In this way the project presented a celestial phenomenon in a non-scientific manner as a means of communicating this subject in a different language in the context of art.
Category: Use of Space Technology to Maintain the Earth as an Oasis
Institution: University of Cambridge
The main objective of the project was to climb a number of unclimbed peaks in Kyrgyzstan and survey their heights using GPS. These include peaks at 5576, 5345, 5242 and 5063 m high peaks.
In addition to obtaining new accurate measurements of peak heights, the expedition also demonstrated the spirit of adventure in linking the climbing of previously unchallenged peaks with the use of satellite technology.