Space Mission Photos: Images From Infinite Worlds

Space Mission Photos: Images From Infinite Worlds
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds

Fine-art photographer Michael Soluri was invited to step inside the world of NASA and apply his eye to a mission to repair the Hubble space telescope, and he published a book of those photographs -- Infinite Worlds: The People and Places of Space Exploration. Sounds pretty amazing, right? You can hear all about it firsthand when Soluri speaks to a group at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21 in the Phipps IMAX Theater at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 South Colorado Boulevard, at a special event titled "Imaging the Universe."

If you're having trouble imagining what an artist's view of a space mission looks like, never fear: Soluri provided these photos from Infinite Worlds to give readers a taste of what's in store.

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Astronauts learn to work in the void of space on Earth in the largest, deepest pool of water in the world.
Astronauts learn to work in the void of space on Earth in the largest, deepest pool of water in the world.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
K. Megan McArthur, PhD, a Hubble SM4 robotic arm engineer during final servicing mission to Hubble in May 2009.
K. Megan McArthur, PhD, a Hubble SM4 robotic arm engineer during final servicing mission to Hubble in May 2009.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
A mini power drill system designed at NASA Goddard SpaceFlight Center and used by astronauts on the mission.
A mini power drill system designed at NASA Goddard SpaceFlight Center and used by astronauts on the mission.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
The four-member astronaut crew.
The four-member astronaut crew.
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Mark Jarosz lead the training of the astronauts for the last ever mission to the Hubble.
Mark Jarosz lead the training of the astronauts for the last ever mission to the Hubble.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
Hubble SM4 astronaut John Grunsfeld, PhD, after the last NBL training run before May 11 launch.
Hubble SM4 astronaut John Grunsfeld, PhD, after the last NBL training run before May 11 launch.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
A torque-set capture tool used by crew on the mission.
A torque-set capture tool used by crew on the mission.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
Chad Krueger, a space shuttle engine technician, by one of the three aft engine mounts.
Chad Krueger, a space shuttle engine technician, by one of the three aft engine mounts.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
In the Kennedy Space Center, four of the "space-walking" astronauts and their mission trainers review one of the tool boxes they will be accessing in the cargo bay of the shuttle.
In the Kennedy Space Center, four of the "space-walking" astronauts and their mission trainers review one of the tool boxes they will be accessing in the cargo bay of the shuttle.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds

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John Grunsfeld, just before entering shuttle Atlantis for his fifth mission in space and his third to the Hubble Space Telescope.
John Grunsfeld, just before entering shuttle Atlantis for his fifth mission in space and his third to the Hubble Space Telescope.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
A card extractor tool used by John Grunsfeld.
A card extractor tool used by John Grunsfeld.
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Bob Mullen, the flight line manager since 1966 at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston.
Bob Mullen, the flight line manager since 1966 at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
Megan McArthur during a shuttle landing simulation.
Megan McArthur during a shuttle landing simulation.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
Space shuttle Atlantis
Space shuttle Atlantis
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Commander Scott "Scooter" Altman on launch pad 39A looking up at Atlantis before a launch test.
Commander Scott "Scooter" Altman on launch pad 39A looking up at Atlantis before a launch test.
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For nearly twenty years, Rene Arriens -- a launch-pad white room / shuttle advance systems technician -- was one of the handful of technicians who assisted astronaut crews into the flight cabin and closed and secured the shuttle's crew hatch.
For nearly twenty years, Rene Arriens -- a launch-pad white room / shuttle advance systems technician -- was one of the handful of technicians who assisted astronaut crews into the flight cabin and closed and secured the shuttle's crew hatch.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
Atlantis on launch Pad 39A.
Atlantis on launch Pad 39A.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
Prior to launch, Soluri taught a series of photo seminars to the crew so they could better communicate their experiences in space.
Prior to launch, Soluri taught a series of photo seminars to the crew so they could better communicate their experiences in space.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
Interacting galaxies in the constellation Andromeda, 340 million light years from Earth, exposed for 5.9 hours with one of the Hubble's wide-field cameras.
Interacting galaxies in the constellation Andromeda, 340 million light years from Earth, exposed for 5.9 hours with one of the Hubble's wide-field cameras.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds
A self-portrait of John Grunsfeld reflected off the surface of the Hubble space telescope with Earth and space shuttle behind him.
A self-portrait of John Grunsfeld reflected off the surface of the Hubble space telescope with Earth and space shuttle behind him.
©Michael Soluri / Infinite Worlds

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