an’t help myself. I’m a space buﬀ. That image of the world’s ﬁrst orbiting space satellite, Russia’s famous Sputnik, as it appeared in Time magazine when I was a kid, somehow became permanently imprinted on my psyche. Space has been an unwavering passion ever since. So my youth was ﬁlled with telescopes, chemistry labs and amateur rocketry (which I somehow survived with all ﬁngers and eyes intact). More recently I have been inspired by several real-life space explorers: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadﬁeld of course, but also a US astronaut who shares my name: Don Pettit. While in my life path I chose a career in the visual arts but maintained a keen interest in space, the other Don Pettit chose space technology as a career and kept photography as a passion. While I became a professional photographer, rooted ﬁrmly in place on this beautiful Earth and dedicated, as an environmentalist, to its appreciation and preservation, he went into orbit. His stunning photos
by Don Pettitfor Peace Energy Cooperativewww.peaceenergy.ca ph 250-782-3882
The International Space Station is powered entirely by the largest solar electric array ever put into space. Each solar wing is 35 metres long. Together the eight wings produce 246,000 watts of electricity when fully exposed to sunlight.