Last Thursday, the Charles Bank Gallery hosted a VIP pre-opening reception of the "Earth debut" of Celestial Matters, the only art exhibition to have flown aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The groundbreaking exhibit is free and open to the public from October 14-16th.
It is the result of legendary video game developer Dr. Richard Garriott de Cayeux's civilian space journey to the ISS in 2008. Proceeds from the opening night reception, which was sponsored by Collective, Portalarium and Dell, benefited the Challenger Center for Space Science Education (CCSSE), a not-for-profit education organization that serves as a living legacy to the Space Shuttle astronauts from the Challenger.
Guests included Buzz Alden, astronaut of Apollo 11, Dr. Richard Garriott de Cayeux, video game developer, entrepreneur, cosmonaut and wife Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux, June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee and founding chair of the CCSSE, Heidi Messer Martin, Chairman of Collective, Tad Martin, CEO of Collective, Steve Messer, Vice Chairman of Collective, Adam Dell, Benefit Committee member, and Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell and Benefit Committee member.