Star Trek and the world of space has another loss this weekend. Artist Robert McCall passed away on Friday. McCall was an artist who spent his career envisioning the future for NASA and Hollywood, including Star Trek The Motion Picture.
Space artist Robert McCall passes
Robert McCall is well known in space circles. He began painting the future at the dawn of the space program, and since that time his work has been seen in U.S. postage stamps, NASA mission patches, and murals (including the walls of the Smithsonian). Isaac Asimov once said of McCall that he was “nearest thing to an artist in residence from outer space." McCall passed away on Friday of a heart attack in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 90.
Robert McCall in his AZ studio with "Exploring the Space Frontier" in 1988
McCall also did paintings for Hollywood, including the famous advertising posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Black Hole, Tora! Tora! Tora! as well as work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture (see below).
Some of McCall’s work for Star Trek
Some of McCall’s work for NASA and 2001