As the name implies, the International Space Station is a collaborative endeavor between global space agencies, each of which works on individual projects as well as team efforts. One of Japanese space agency JAXA's projects is, apparently, art -- more specifically, a project by artist Takura Osaka.
Called Spiral Top, it's a spinning gadget with LEDs in its prongs. When pushed through the zero-G atmosphere onboard the station, it allows a human photographer to take a beautiful, long-exposure light painting.
During his tenure aboard the ISS in 2009 -- and currently -- astronaut Koichi Wakada has been taking photos with the Spiral Top. He tweeted two recent pictures this week showing the device's passage through the station. … Read more