NASA's Gorgeous Retro Posters Show Space Travel Isn't As Far Out As You Think

Invisible Creature Designed Striking Series

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Promoting trips to Jupiter, Mars and beyond, these gorgeous retro travel posters would fit perfectly into displays at Disney's Tomorrowland, but they're closer to reality than you think. Following a cool series from last year highlighting trips to distant worlds, NASA and its Jet Propulsion Laboratories just released a new set of "space tourism" posters, which imagine the ever more real possibility of travel to planets not so way out there.

The images pitch trips such as a grand tour to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and jaunts to the "historic site" of Mars or planetary moons like Titan, Enceladus or Europa.

In a way, they have some semblance of truth and are inspired by real-world space exploration accomplishments. For example, NASA's Voyager mission has already used robot probes to make that planetary grand tour, and various Mars missions such as Mars Pathfinder and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have succeeded in giving scientists a better understanding of the inhabitability of the planet.

To create the posters, NASA visual strategist Joby Harris last fall tapped Seattle-based illustration and design studio Invisible Creature, home to siblings Don and Ryan Clark. The pair has a pretty cool connection to their client in that their illustrator grandfather, Al Paulsen, spent 28 years of his life creating imagery for NASA.

The images above were part of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's "Visions of the Future" 2016 calendar, which was distributed as a gift to JPL and NASA staff. Poster-size files of the images are available to download for free on the NASA/JPL site.

The posters are meant to inspire, as described on the site: "Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL, we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future."

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Feb 10, 2016
Visual Strategist:
Joby Harris
Design Company:
Invisible Creature
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