National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Flight and the Arts, Gallery 211, 2nd Floor, East Wing Floor Plan
Angela Palmer's sculpture represents the area of space surveyed by the Kepler Space Observatory. Each of the 18 sheets of glass represents a slice of space 250 light-years thick, with etched circles representing stars that have at least one planet potentially suitable for life. The work captures the spirit and excitement of Kepler's quest for planets that might fit the criteria for life: not too hot, not too cold, but just right.