NASA Staged a Series of Astronaut Photoshoots Based on Famous Movie Posters, and They're Hilarious

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 - 10:59AM
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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 - 10:59AM
NASA Staged a Series of Astronaut Photoshoots Based on Famous Movie Posters, and They're Hilarious
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Despite handling multi-million dollar space missions, searching for extraterrestrial life, and generally acting as the ambassadors for the long-standing hope that space will allow humanity to transcend its differences, it's important to remember that the people at NASA really are some huge nerds. So nerdy, in fact, that they decided to stage a series of photoshoots that insert some of their astronauts into (surprisingly convincing) Hollywood-style movie posters for everything from Star Wars to The Matrix. Check 'em out below!


Source: NASA (original here)


Source: NASA (original here)


Source: NASA (original here)


Source: NASA (original here)


Source: NASA (original here)


Source: NASA (via wikimedia commons)

If these astronauts have kids below the age of 13, these pictures are probably the coolest things those kids have ever seen. If those kids are over 13, they're probably the lamest, most embarrassing thing since watching their parents try to floss (if you don't know what that is, here's a video). It doesn't even matter that the people in these photos are genuine astronauts during a period in history where governments and companies are turning their eyes to the stars in hopes of colonizing far-off worlds and changing the course of human history—that Pirates of the Caribbean photo is going to haunt those kids' memories.

Still, we have to admit that the other photos are pretty well executed. The Star Wars one is probably the best (in our opinion), though the Armageddon photo is a very close second if you're going for fidelity to the original. The amount of leather in the Matrix poster is hilarious but surprisingly on-point, as well as the sunglasses. If they haven't planned it already, we're betting the next posters they spoof will be either Interstellar, Gravity, or The Martian, though we'd love to see a parody of Alien or (God help us all) Event Horizon.

These photos are probably the geekiest things NASA has done since sending Luke Skywalker's lightsaber into space.
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