Earlier this year, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory release a set of 14 rather cool NASA retro space travel posters titled ‘Visons Of The Future’. A blast-from-the-past style poster with modern day content. During the 30s and 40s, artists designed posters for the Works Projects Administration to encourage tourism in the US. JPL has created an intergalactic equivalent, encouraging the likes of experiencing the Auroras of Jupiter, the liquid methane lakes of Titan and from another perspective, visiting earth once we’ve all jumped ship.
There are 14 in total and they are available individually in printable PDF or high resolution TIFF formats. Here are a few of my favourites…
Relax on Kepler-16b
Like Luke Skywalker’s planet “Tatooine” in Star Wars, Kepler-16b orbits a pair of stars. Depicted here as a terrestrial planet, Kepler-16b might also be a gas giant like Saturn. Prospects for life on this unusual world aren’t good, as it has a temperature similar to that of dry ice. But the discovery indicates that the movie’s iconic double-sunset is anything but science fiction.
HD 40307g A Super Earth
Twice as big in volume as the Earth, HD 40307g straddles the line between “Super-Earth” and “mini-Neptune” and scientists aren’t sure if it has a rocky surface or one that’s buried beneath thick layers of gas and ice. One thing is certain though: at eight time the Earth’s mass, its gravitational pull is much, much stronger.
Frigid and alien, yet similar to our own planet billions of years ago, Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has a thick atmosphere, organic-rich chemistry and a surface shaped by rivers and lakes of liquid ethane and methane. Cold winds sculpt vast regions of hydrocarbon-rich dunes. There may even be cryovolcanoes of cold liquid water. NASA’s Cassini orbiter was designed to peer through Titan’s perpetual haze and unravel the mysteries of this planet-like moon.
Head on over to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory website for your NASA retro space travel posters!