Irish artist’s drawing of Scott Kelly made it aboard the ISS

11 Mar 2016

Scott Kelly landing following Expedition 26. Image via NASA/Bill Ingalls

Irish artist Jack Conway-Kenny, who painstakingly drew a pencil sketch of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, has gotten quite a lot of attention, and the honour of having his work shown off in space.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, along with Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, recently returned from what was heralded as an experiment to see how the human body copes during a year in space.

Now back on Earth, Kelly’s body will be poked and prodded by NASA researchers for signs of any peculiarities that might have occurred having spent so long without gravity.

However, he has had time to catch up on some social media activity – something that kept him rather busy during his free time aboard the International Space Station (ISS) – and one of his most recent Instagram posts had a rather impressive Irish connection.

For the past two weeks, Jack Conway-Kenny has been keeping his followers updated on what was his latest work, that being, a sketch of a photo taken of astronaut Kelly by photographer and director Marco Grob.

The pencil sketch was updated regularly for his fans to see, one of which turned out to be Kelly himself who thanked Conway-Kenny for his work, with the artist himself obviously rather thrilled to hear his model liked it too.

Also, you’d have to think Conway-Kenny would likely want to use the tagline that his art is literally ‘out of this world’ following this surprise.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic