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Becoming Alien: Q&A With Conceptual Space Artist Jonathon Keats

Jonathan Keats Space Art
Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats has explored space in much of his work. One project, the Local Air & Space Administration, beat NASA to an asteroid, the moon and Mars (by growing cacti in asteroid soil and potatoes in water infused with space rock bits). (Image credit: Jonathon Keats courtesy of Jen Dessinger)

SAN FRANCISCO —

The Local Air &

LASA began selling

For the past several

LASA isn't Keats'

SPACE.com caught up

To make LASA's

Yes. And that is

So when I was

Your real estate

Yes. I did better, I

What do you hope

I hope that they are

For me, what is most

For me, the optimal

The bodies in our

I like that idea

But I can offer you

You've actually

I think it's

I guess that the

But I suspect that

Have you gotten

I've gotten some

It seems fascinating

I hope that in some

Did you ever

That's a good idea.

I was going to

You know, I think

It seems like you

The sciences

Why space?

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Mike Wall
SPACE.COM SENIOR SPACE WRITER — Michael has been writing for Space.com since 2010. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.