The aesthetic that I have chosen to base my upcycle project on is spaceflight. I already explored the spaceflight aesthetic in my first blog post, so I’ll talk about my plans for my upcycle project as well as why I decided to choose this specific aesthetic. My plan for the upcycle project is to recreate the historic 1969 launch of the Apollo 11 space capsule. This is the launch that first took humans to the moon and is one of the most important milestones in the history of human spaceflight. This mission used a Saturn V rocket and launched from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. My plan is to use wood, cardboard, and other materials to recreate the rocket, hammerhead crane, and launch pad with as much accuracy as I can.
Space has been a passion of mine for many years now. My high school physics teacher used to work for NASA and was very effective at inspiring a passion for space in all of us. My senior year in high school, our AP Physics class flew from Colorado Springs to Florida for a few days to explore various NASA and Air Force facilities. We got to explore Kennedy Space Center, the VAB, Air Force Weather Ops, and about a dozen launch pads including Launch Pad 1 and Launch Pad 39A. Launch pad 39A, where the Apollo 11 mission launched from, is currently being rented by SpaceX and we got to examine multiple F9 rockets in person as well as speak to many of the people working on the site. While at Kennedy Space Center, I also got to see one of the only remaining Saturn V rockets, which was the rocket used for the launch. This trip cemented my passion for space and desire to pursue a career in the space industry. Since space has become such a large focus for me, I decided to base my upcycle project on that.
Image 1: https://www.space.com/apollo-11-moon-launch-50th-anniversary.html
Image 2: https://www.viator.com/tours/Miami/Miami-to-Kennedy-Space-Center-Round-Trip/d662-5408P26
Image 3: https://www.celestis.com/blog/kennedy-space-center-area-tourist-attractions/