For those of us who dream of traveling not just the world, but the vast, far reaches of the universe, NASA has released a series of space travel posters to pique and inspire our imaginations. The posters, designed by The Studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are an evolution of JPL’s Exoplanet Travel Bureau series, which premiered last year with 5 Art Deco-inspired depictions of exoplanets 51 Pegasi B, PSO J318.5-22, HD-40307g, Kepler-16b, and Kepler 186f.
This year’s series, called Visions of the Future, continue a design aesthetic that would make the designers from the Works Progress Administration smile from the great beyond. Earth-like locales depicted in this series include the dwarf planet Ceres, Jupiter’s moon Europa, three of Saturn’s moons – Titan, Europa and Enceladus – and, interestingly but not too surprisingly enough, Earth! “A list of destinations were selected based upon places NASA might study over the next decade (or in the case of the grand tour, something to celebrate),” says Dan Goods, The Studio at JPL’s Visual Strategist. “Then we tried to find one aspect of each location that is special to tell a story that would give people a visceral sense of being there.”
What makes each poster really stand out is the scenery and abstract concepts depicted in each of them. They range from a representation of physical and visual attributes of a planet, like Titan’s rivers and lakes of liquid methane and ethane and the powerful auroras that surround Jupiter, to the hope of a future ripe with excitement and uncertainty set into motion thanks to the Voyager missions and the Mars Exploration Program. The Visions of the Future series is a sight for designers, dreamers, astronomers, explorers, little kids and big kids alike.
All 14 posters are available at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/visions-of-the-future/, available in very high resolution (and very high file size) versions, and are free to download and print! Have at them, everyone, and never stop dreaming!
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