NASA has released a set of space tourism posters that are so amazing they’ll turn any earthling into a dreaming space cadet. Designed for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) ‘Visions of the Future’ project, these gorgeous vintage-inspired posters tap into our wanderlust by rendering alien travel as glamorous and attainable adventure. But the best part about these beautiful planetary illustrations? NASA’s giving all of them away—for free.
If NASA’s recently released space travel prints seem familiar, you may be remembering the work by JPL’s creative studio released last year. In 2015, The Studio at JPL created five “Exoplanet Travel Bureau” posters that depicted travel beyond our solar system. Due to popular demand, Seattle-based design studio Invisible Creature was commissioned this year to design three more space exploration posters—featuring locales like Mars and the Saturnian moon Enceladus—in the same romantic and timeless retro style of their predecessors. The Studio at JPL also introduced new prints this year to bring the total number of cosmic destination posters to 14. Drawn with bold graphics, saturated colors, and captivating descriptions, the 14 posters recall the dreamy vintage travel graphics from the 1930s to the 1960s.
While the posters were designed in collaboration with NASA engineers and scientists, these futuristic posters do take a few liberties to make their cosmic destinations seem more alluring. The fantastical Grand Tour poster, for instance, advertises a once-in-a-lifetime getaway—the trip literally takes place once every 175 years—and offers adventurers the chance to “experience the charm of gravity assists” on the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
“Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality,” says a statement on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory website. “As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future.” You can download NASA’s space tourism art at poster size on their website.
Images via Jet Propulsion Laboratory