The Kuiper belt, extending from Neptune’s orbit to approximately fifty astronomical units from the Sun, is a very large region of space containing miscellaneous space junk from the solar system’s formation. Said space junk includes rocks, metals, ices of various types, and dwarf planets. Twenty times as wide and at least twenty times as massive as the asteroid belt, the Kuiper belt was discovered relatively recently in 1992 and helps reveal the saga of our origins. Set against a black backdrop of the chaotic order that is the universe, this region’s objects are fascinating and diverse, much like the carpet of celestial shapes hanging almost weightlessly from this waved wire weave. Orli says, “I was able to make something that really does look like a corner of deep space unknown to humanity for so long. That kind of mystery breeds imagination.”
On September 12, 1962 at Rice University, President John F. Kennedy delivered what would become a historic speech. He explained that the United States could not “expect to stay behind in the race for space.” As a result, he stated that “we choose to go to the moon in this decade” and that the United States would “do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out.” The Sixties and the Space Race were a spirited time in world history, when nations rallied behind great expectations and accomplishments. Neil Armstrong took mankind’s first steps on the moon’s surface within that decade, which began a continuing fascination with the universe’s ethereal beauty and scientific possibilities. Interstellar is a remembrance of the origins of space exploration in the 1960s and its evolution through the decades since as technology has become more advanced and mankind more curious about the deeper regions and mysterious phenomena awaiting discovery.