By Jan Wondra
When it comes to breathtaking visuals, nothing in this world can beat the photos taken on the missions of NASA.
NASA has created an entire range of posters focused on space travel and technology, inspired by those past and future space missions, and they’re giving them away for free. Yes – for free.
NASA has created some 14 images of alien worlds, including Mars, Jupiter’s moon Europa, Saturn’s vapor-spewing moon Enceladus and the dwarf planet Ceres. How about a visual that could inspire you to visit the planet with no star known as PSO J318.5-22, where it’s always night? Or you can order a poster image of a trip to Kepler-16b, where your day would be super-lit because it orbits two stars like our sun at once, and the grass could very well be red, not green? If you saw the movie Star Wars, you’ll recall a similar planet with two suns.
“Prospects for life in this unusual world aren’t good, as it has a temperature similar to that of dry ice,” says NASA of Kepler-16b. “But the discovery indicates that the movie’s iconic double-sunset is anything but science fiction.”
The space series includes 14 new posters created by the design studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs, which is located in Pasadena, California. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA. It is the leading U.S. center for the robotic exploration of the solar system. JPL is currently responsible for conducting missions with more than two dozen spacecraft designed to shed new light on our solar system’s origins while building knowledge of distant planetary environments.
Why might you ask is NASA stretching our imagination? Because as NASA continues to search for Earth-like planets on the farthest reaches of space, the agency is bringing us along for the ride, encouraging us to dream about what it might be like once we, or at least some spacecraft created for the job, finally lands on those planets.
All the posters are available for free download and printing at www.jpl.nasa.gov/visions-of-the-future. Once on the site, click on any of them to get file options.