In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8 and the famous "Earthrise" photo taken from lunar orbit in 1968, the Constellation Foundation held a special event at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida on December 21, 2018. E. Lee Wilson, Jr. was invited to show his Cosmos artwork for the event, along with some other members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA).
Part of the event was held directly underneath the Space Shuttle Atlantis, within the Atlantis exhibit building. Lee and the other IAAA artists setup an art show in the shadow of Atlantis. They also donated some prints and smaller pieces to a silent auction for the event, in which proceeds went to benefit the Foundation. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the larger artwork also benefitted the Foundation.
Founders, members, and friends of the Constellation Foundation pose for a PR photo opportunity.
Lucille, one of Lee's favorite collectors, traveled from Kentucky to Florida to attend the event and got to meet Al Worden, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 15 (who also saw Earthrise from the Moon). Here they pose in front of Lee's Earthrise painting.
It was such an honor to be asked to participate in this event, especially in this location!