Michael Carroll (space artist)

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Michael W. Carroll
Nationality U.S.
Known for space/science painting
Spouse(s) Caroline
Website stock-space-images.com

Michael W. Carroll is an award-winning astronomical artist and science writer. His art has appeared in magazines such as TIME, National Geographic, and Astronomy, and has flown aboard the Russian space station Mir and NASA's Phoenix Mars lander. He is also a founding member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.


Carroll has written over 25 children's and adult books on subjects ranging from space to paleontology, including a Christian book series for children. He has been commissioned by NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Planetary Society. Carroll was staff artist for the Reuben Fleet Space Theater, one of the world's largest planetariums and OMNIMAX theatres in San Diego.[1]

International Association of Astronomical Artists[edit]

In 1981 a group of astronomical artists met in a space art show sponsored by the Planetary Society for the Society's Planetfest, held during the live transmission of close-up photos of Saturn by Voyager II. Carroll was curator of the exhibition. Artists in attendance organized several successive annual workshops; Carroll organized the second, held in Death Valley, California towards the end of 1983. With a rapidly growing membership, the IAAA (International Association of Astronomical Artists) was formally registered as an association of astronomical artists in 1986.[2]

He was one of seven North American space artists invited by the Space Research Institute of the former USSR to attend the Space Future Forum in Moscow in 1987, where he consulted with Soviet scientists and artists. While there, he helped to establish the Dialogues project, a series of workshops and exhibitions involving Soviet, American and European artists. One of his digitized paintings was aboard Russia¹s doomed Mars 96 mission, an original flew aboard Mir, and a third is on the surface of Mars, in digital form, aboard the Phoenix Lander.[3]


Carroll is the recipient of the 2006 Lucien Rudaux Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the astronomical arts.[4]

In 2012, he received the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences's Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award.[5][6] In 2017, he received a Congressional Medal for his participation in an expedition to Antarctica's Mount Erebus.





  • "Futuropolis : how NASA plans to create a permanent presence on the Moon". Analog. 129 (6): 26–34. June 2009. 
  • "Musings from the First Generation". Analog. 129 (7): 138–141. July–August 2009. 


  1. ^ "Michael Carroll Biography". Nova Space Art. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "The History of the IAAA". International Association of Astronomical Artists. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "About the Artist". "NEW OPPORTUNITIES". Earth and Space Foundation. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Lucien Rudaux Memorial Gallery". International Association of Astronomical Artists. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award". Division for Planetary Sciences. American Astronomical Society. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "DPS 2012 Planetary Science Prize Winners Announced". Division for Planetary Sciences. American Astronomical Society. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 

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