If you ever thought about interplanetary travel, you’re not alone, as NASA envisions space tourism with destination posters that look almost convincing. It’s a beautiful display of hope for the future, even though it will likely never happen.
- Designers at JPL posted a series of 14 retro posters
- The posters depict a known planet as a tourist destination
- It’s a tribute to NASA’s achievements, embed with clever taglines and visuals
Deep space travel may not be possible in the near future. The space agency is struggling with the possibility of putting man on Mars, but that idea is getting less and less popular by the month. Still, NASA is persisting, ambitiously unwilling to let go of such futuristic dreams. But what if deep space travel was possible? Even more, what if it was as easy as buying a plane ticket?
The American space agency posted a series of destination posters entitled “Visions of the Future” where well known planets are depicted as fun tourist attractions. And they likely would be for any space enthusiast, or virtually anyone else. Artists working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have put together a series of retro, colorful posters of a dream world of ‘what ifs’.
NASA Visual Strategist, Dan Goods, was at the head of the team who came up with the design. He helped the team at JPL and the engineers envision their dreams through a world where the impossible becomes possible. Because after all, that is what their staff is trying to do. Many of us are science fiction enthusiasts, but they’re part of a team that is actually putting in the effort to turn it into reality. Perhaps with their expertise, technology we know and love from movies, TV series, and books could one day be real.
According to one of the designers on the team, David Delgado, they’re glad to be able to help JPL engineers through the process of envisioning the future. It offers a clearer image, a picture of what could be, and strengthens a connection between what they do and what they could achieve. Delgado added that when NASA asked them to design new posters, they were quick to delve into the theme of interplanetary exploration.
And, quite frankly, they nailed it.
The images are beautifully designed, creative, and quirky in some places, with clever taglines and visually impressive. Planets are promoted as true destination spots, with Earth being “Your oasis in space where the air is free and breathing is easy”. Or, you can hop on over to Venus, that was “voted best place in the solar system to watch Mercury transition”, explore the “mighty auroras” of Jupiter, or book one of the multiple tours available on Mars. Pick your favored spot for your destination, and you will start exploring the universe.
It’s a spectacular concept that pays tribute to NASA’s achievements, even though it’s a mere dream of a different world. Or perhaps, it’s an ambitious goal for the centuries to come.
All the designed posters will be created into a calendar, though sadly only available for JPL staff members. However, those interested can go snatch the free downloadable versions at JPL’s official website and turn them into whatever they wish. Let your imagination flow and your mind wonder what if it was all possible.