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Even as we humans employ increasingly sophisticated telescopes, probes, rovers and other technological marvels in order to learn more about our solar system and beyond, artists continue to engage their own (and one another’s) imaginations to envision what the outermost reaches of space might look like.
Here, in celebration of the 125th birthday of Edwin Hubble — a man who revolutionized not only our view of the universe, but our ideas about humanity’s place in the cosmos — one of the most prolific and celebrated of those “space artists,” Ron Miller, shares 33 of his own works with LIFE.
Hold onto your hats. It’s going to be a wild ride.
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Ron Miller is an illustrator specializing in science, astronomy, science fiction and fantasy and the author, co-author or editor of more than 50 books. He has designed postage stamps and worked on motion pictures as a production designer and special effects artist. His most recent book is The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, from the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era (Zenith Press, 2014). See more of his work at Black Cat Studios.