NASA's New Travel Posters Detail the Beautiful Potential of Space Tourism

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 - 11:45AM
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 - 11:45AM
NASA's New Travel Posters Detail the Beautiful Potential of Space Tourism
What will the future of space travel look like? That was the question NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory put to two designers who have some serious family history with the agency, and their answer comes in the form of something quite stunning.

When Don and Ryan Clark were asked by JPL to create entries for their 2016 'Visions for the Future' calendar, they lept at the chance. The Clark brothers' grandfather, Al Paulsen, served as a designer at NASA for more than three decades. Ryan and Don themselves are designers, running a successful business that has seen them work on projects with big names ranging from Foo Fighters to retail giant, Target. But this was a chance for the Clarks to continue a family legacy, and it's something that t which meant Ryan and Don saw this as a way to continue a family legacy.

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"When our buddy Joby Harris, a visual strategist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, asked us if we were interested in creating 'travel posters' for NASA last Fall, well … given our family history, you can only imagine how we responded," the brothers said in a blog post. "We are very honored and lucky to have worked on such an amazing project."
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Inspired by the epic journey of the twin Voyager spacecraft, their first piece is titled 'The Grand Tour' and celebrates an alignment of our Solar System's planets that occurs only one every 175 years. It is this alignment that allowed Voyager to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus all in one voyage, returning valuable information while on their way to becoming the first man-made objects ever to venture outside of our Solar System.

Perhaps in the future we'll see humans taking advantage of this alignment to follow in Voyager's footsteps?



The next two posters dedicated themselves to setting individual planetary bodies as tourist destinations in their own right. Mars might only be the subject of robotic explorations right now, but this poster imagines a time when we have long since achieved our goals with our planetary neighbor. 100 years from now, NASA's robotic Martian pioneers like Curiosity and Spirit could become historical landmarks as humans travel to the Mars to marvel at our early attempts to learn more about the planet.



Saturn's moon Enceladus is widely thought to be an excellent option for the discovery of microbial alien life within our solar system. But even if the moon's deep oceans don't deliver the goods in our hunt for aliens, it could still become a major tourist destination thanks to its spectacular geysers.



You can buy all of these prints direct from the Clark brothers over at InvisibleCreature.com
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