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World’s first pop-art satellite headed to space

August 11, 2013 • Entertainment


Officials in Glasgow, Scotland, pose in this recent photo with a satellite that will carry artwork created by Los Angeles artists Jon Gibson and Amanda White, not shown, in British company Clyde Space facility in Glasgow. Posing from left are Craig Clark of Clyde Space, Serkey Krutikov, consul general of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh, Lena Wilson, Scottish Enterprise chief executive, and Scotland’s First Minster Alex Salmond. The artists believe their work, not visible in this photo, will be the first work of art launched into space, etched into the side of a satellite that Clyde Space is scheduled to send into orbit on Oct. 29 aboard a Soyuz rocket to be launched from Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Scottish Government Press Office)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If aliens ever target Earth, Jon Gibson and Amanda White are counting on them having an appreciation for pop art and a sense of humor.

The duo created an elaborate, Andy Warhol-like design that has been etched into a satellite’s panel, transforming the spacecraft into a replica of an oversized electrical charging device.

“If someone is going to invade our planet, presumably they’re going to come in some sort of electronic, electricity-powered ship,” Gibson notes whimsically. “Maybe this will make them stop for a moment and Login to read more

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