Like many, the dream of going in space has always been a part of the real world, even though we’ve never been to Mars or never dived beneath the icy crust of Jupiter’s moon Europa, strolled beneath the twin suns of Kepler 16b or watched the acrid clouds of Venus float past and never have we ever skydived under the heavy gravity of the Pictor constellation’s HD 40307 g or sailed across the icy methane seas of Titan. But these retro-style space travel posters from the design studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs are fine consolation prizes until the time we actually do.
The posters are a continuation of the Exoplanet Travel Bureau poster series first created by JPL’s design studio last year. For past 13 years this studio has helped JPL’s scientists and engineers plan out future missions, which means they’re almost always aware of the latest and greatest ideas being bandied about projects in lab. When NASA came to them asking for additional posters in the series, they were able to integrate many ideas the agency had already been spit-balling for the future—such as floating cities hovering above Venus.
NASA’s faux travel agency is, obviously, a tad grandiose in their claims. Mankind won’t set foot on another planet for at least another decade, and even that’s optimistic. Zipping off 42 light-years for some super-Earth skydiving will probably remain science fiction forever. But anything that keeps the public aware of the grandeur of space exploration is cool with us.
All the free 14 posters are available as free downloads at JPL’s website.
You may download PDFs directly from these thumbnails, Tiff files from their site.