NASA Space Tourism Posters

Published: February 13, 2016

NASA Space Tourism Posters, What will space tourism look like centuries from now? “Visions of the Future” — a set of 14 posters released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) — provides an imaginative take.

In one image, two travelers fill up their water bottles at a rest stop on the dwarf planet Ceres, the “last stop until Jupiter.” Another advertises scenic boat rides through Kraken Mare, a sea of hydrocarbons on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.

JPL visual strategist Dan Goods explains that the images are intended to celebrate the diversity of planets being discovered — and to increase the desire among the public to be curious about the universe.

“Imagination is so critical to creating a future you want to be part of. Many of the things we are doing today were imagined by artists and science fiction writers decades ago. These destinations are all actual places that we know about, and one day, perhaps humans can go to them in the future.”

Imagination is so critical to creating a future you want to be part of.”

Goods says the images were rooted in scientific plausibility, and that illustrators worked with scientists and researchers. “It was really important to us that we worked with the technical community to make sure what we were showing could someday happen.”

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Three of the posters were created by Seattle-based design and illustration studio Invisible Creature. Influenced by post-war WPA propaganda and vintage travel posters, one of the prints shows what it would be like to visit a Mars colony, complete with cultivated crops and water.

Three of the posters were created by design studio Invisible Creature.
Riffing on European voyages of the past, in another design, the studio invites would-be tourists on a ‘Grand Tour’ — a once-in-a-lifetime alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune; and the explosive geysers on Enceladus.

“Nowadays, we use photography for tourism ads. But old (illustrated) travel posters have whimsical takes on locations. Your mind kind of gets lost in the art,” designer Don Clark of Invisible Creatures, told CNN.

“That’s how we approached these posters, to capture that charm, optimism and hopefulness, and this whole idea of wanting to go on these trips.”


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