NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California published a series of imagined travel posters for various locations in the known universe, and they’re really amazing.
The posters are the brainchild of The Studio at JPL, a design and strategy team that works with JPL scientists and engineers to visualize and depict complex science and technology topics. Their work is used in designing space missions and in sharing the work of NASA/JPL with the public.
The fine print reads:
The rare science opportunity of planetary transits has long inspired bold voyages to exotic vantage points – journeys such as James Cook’s trek to the South Pacific to watch Venus and Mercury cross the face of the Sun in 1769. Spacecraft now allow us the luxury to study these cosmic crossings at times of our choosing from unique locales across our solar system.
There’s no place like home. Warm, wet and with an atmosphere that’s just right, Earth is the only place we know of with life – and lots of it. JPL’s Earth science missions monitor our home planet and how it’s changing so it can continue to provide a safe haven as we reach deeper into the cosmos.
The best news of all is that you can download all of these, including super high-res tiffs that you can print at poster size, for free, right here!
I’m a super nerd for travel posters anyway, and these are making me wish I had some kind of crazy high ceiling room at home where I could cover the walls. Be sure to check out all the posters, they’re wicked cool.