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I’m planning a DC trip soon and think this will be my first stop! Exhibition Review – ‘Beyond,’ the Solar System at Air and Space Museum @ NYTimes.com via NOTCOT. Have any DC-area makers seen this yet? Post up in the comments!

The images on view at a remarkable exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum here could well serve as inspirational space cards for this century. But they possess far greater power than those old naïve fantasies. They are vividly, compellingly real; they astonish and bewilder, luring the viewer into a state of wonder.

In “Beyond: Visions of Our Solar System” 148 photographs of moons and planets show these brave new worlds as extraordinary landscapes of mists, dunes, fissures and rocks. The exhibition has appeared in other, more modest incarnations (including as a traveling show), but this is its most complete form. The filmmaker, writer and photographer Michael Benson deserves much credit for the refinement of these images, but we need no technical understanding of their origins to be struck by what they portray.