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Cassini: The Grand Finale
I don't mean to overdo the 'space' theme here, but when I read that NASA's Cassini probe began maneuvering between Saturn's rings last week, I thought it warranted a drawing. (Actually, Google beat me to it with a very cool animated doodle.)

Cassini, which launched nearly 20 years ago and has been in orbit around Saturn for just under 13 years (it took 6 1/2 years to get there), is scheduled to crash into the surface of the giant planet on September 15th when it runs out of fuel. <-- good video. The images it has captured are extraordinary, and include this amazing HD mosaic of Saturn's icy moon, Mimas. 

Click here to see where Cassini is now.

Meanwhile, the Curiosity Rover is still rumbling about on Mars…
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taking selfies and sending back images that resemble 'ancient tree stumps,' thigh boneswaffle-shaped islands, shiny objects, and a floating spoon. (Keep in mind, things aren't always as they seem. Here's a new, high-res image of the 'face on Mars,' which doesn't look nearly as ominous as the original.)

Regardless of what either probe ultimately discovers—if it happens to be aliens…
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…I just hope they like coffee and art!
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“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” 
― Arthur C. Clarke
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1. The Haunting Face of a Man Who Lived 700 Years Ago.

2. It's been suggested that a creative person's mind functions like an internet browser with thousands of open tabs. That's a fairly accurate description of my brain AND my computer desktop. I've fallen down many a 'wikihole' (Wikipedia rabbit hole) while looking for interesting things to include in this newsletter. Here's one: WikiGalaxy – A visualization of Wikipedia Rabbit Holes.

3. Ghosts of the USSR: Eerie photographs show Soviet-era space shuttles left to rust in an abandoned desert hangar in Kazakhstan.

4. How Salvador Dalí Accidentally Sabotaged His Own Market for Prints.

5. This past March marked the official end of the Goodyear Blimp. But never fear—a reasonable facsimile in the form of a 'semi-rigid dirigible' will take its place in the skies over sporting events. The difference? Semi-rigid dirigibles have frames which retain their shape, even when the helium is drained. Blimps, on the other hand, go flat—like a balloon. Now you know!
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"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."
–Linus Pauling
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“Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you've changed, by believing. Once you've changed, other things start to follow. Isn't that the way it works?” 
― Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard
The Cassini probe is named after Giovanni Cassini.
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“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” 
― Madeleine L'Engle
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Each month I give away one hand-signed, limited edition Giclée fine art print to a lucky newsletter subscriber. These small 'heart' prints are both matted and framed. Winners are notified via email at the beginning of each month.
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“A blade of grass is a commonplace on Earth; it would be a miracle on Mars. Our descendants on Mars will know the value of a patch of green. And if a blade of grass is priceless, what is the value of a human being?” 
― Carl Sagan

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About Me

Hi. I’m D.E.Uhlig. I’m an artist, author, husband and father.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Years ago I gave my wife a hand-drawn card for our anniversary, and she loved it so much she made me promise to ALWAYS hand-draw her cards. Then our three kids made me promise to do the same with their birthday cards. And when I posted some of my drawings online, people began asking how they could purchase my work—so I created this newsletter. I believe in something I like to call “The Happiness of Art” and I hope it makes you smile.

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D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's Pinterest and Facebook pages. In 1989, Mr. Uhlig co-founded Uhlig LLC, a leading provider of cross-media publishing and communication services in industries ranging from residential housing to book publishing to cancer care. Mr. Uhlig is married with three children and resides in Kansas City. He is currently working on children’s books, ebooks and apps.

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