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Psyche Inspired: Morgan Baerwaldt

This is a portrait of Psyche Inspired member Morgan Baerwaldt

Morgan Baerwaldt (Photo Credit: Abigail Weibel)

Institution: Arizona State University

Major: Electrical Engineering

Psyche Inspired Class: 2017-2018

This image shows the size of the Psyche asteroid compared to the Moon and Earth.

Psyche to Scale

Morgan Baerwaldt

April 22, 2018

Major: electrical engineering

Genre/Medium: watercolor

About the work: This piece compares the sizes of (16) Psyche to Earth and the Moon. If the Earth were the size of a small grapefruit, Psyche would be the size of a poppy seed. That’s food for thought!

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This image shows a black background with white line drawn images of the Psyche asteroid and the Psyche spacecraft and the words 'Journey to a Metal World.'

Psyche Out of the Dark

Morgan Baerwaldt

January 23, 2018

Major: electrical engineering

Genre/Medium: vector drawing

About the work: This project was made in Inkscape, an open source vector drawing program. The idea behind the piece was to show both Psyches, and to evoke the idea that even as the spacecraft approaches, we will still be in the dark, so to speak, about the nature of Psyche the asteroid. The high contrast brings out the excitement building towards the spacecraft’s eventual arrival.

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This 8 panel pop-art poster shows a stylized drawing of the Psyche spacecraft in the colors of the Psyche badge (purples, pinks, and oranges).

Psyche Pop

Morgan Baerwaldt

November 21, 2017

Major: electrical engineering

Genre/Medium: digital drawing

About the work: I created an 8-panel Warhol/pop art-inspired drawing of Psyche in orbit. The image features a repeated image of the spacecraft drawn with a bright, limited color palette. I used Inkscape to draw a very basic vector outline of the Psyche spacecraft and played around with using the Psyche acolor palette.

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This image shows elements of the Psyche spacecraft compared against everyday items.

How big will the Psyche spacecraft be?

Morgan Baerwaldt

October 27, 2017

Major: electrical engineering

Genre/Medium: felt-tip ink pens and watercolor on cold press watercolor paper

About the work: I figured that a visual comparison would probably help people imagine the size of the craft more than the descriptions alone. School buses are a really common, relatable size, so I chose to use those for the first two illustrations. I added in a six foot tall bus driver, who is clearly very confused about why the Psyche bus is sitting next to his bus, to make the drawing more fun and add more context. I chose to show Psyche sitting on top of a tennis court. While not every body knows the where the singles lines are on a tennis court, most people have seen a tennis court and can see the relationship. It turns out that a standard interior door, something that most people probably walk through every day, is nearly exactly the height of Psyche’s booms and antenna reflector. I used felt-tip ink pens and watercolor on cold press watercolor paper. I drew it in pencil, inked over it in pen, erased extra marks, and then watercolored over that.

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