You won’t find the destinations on Priceline, but NASA’s JPL is showing some serious design chops. The Kepler spacecraft has just crossed the 1,000 planet threshold, and NASA is celebrating with a series of retro-inspired travel posters.
From the fictitious Exoplanet Travel Board, the three colorful posters bring astronomy to the masses. HD 40307g, Kepler-186f and Kepler-16b are the stars of the campaign, with each poster unique to the planet’s characteristics along with catchy slogans to match.
Kepler-186f gets the nod as ‘earth-like.’ Its travel poster is accompanied with a description that it’s “the first Earth-size planet discovered in the potentially ‘habitable zone’ around another star, where liquid water could exist on the planet’s surface.”
The artists depiction of Kepler-186f shows off a world covered with red grass. According to the poster’s description: “If plant life does exist on a planet like Kepler 186f, its photosynthesis could have been influenced by the star’s red-wavelength photons, making for a color palette very different than the greens on Earth.”
Star Wars fan? Kepler-16b should be on your space travel bucket list. NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program draws the parallels between it and Tatooine. Both orbit a pair of stars. That would make for some interesting shadows.
If you’re thinking a hot, desert planet, think again. Prospects for life on this planet are small, and the surface temperature would be similar to dry ice. I think we would all prefer not living in a permanent polar vortex.
HD 40307g is dubbed a super-Earth. It clocks in at eight-times the mass of Earth, making the gravitational pull intense. The artist depiction decided to have fun with that fact, using a skydiver to encourage viewers to explore the planet.
Don’t book any tickets to HD 40307g. Scientists are unsure if the exoplanet has a rocky surface below the thick layers of gas and ice.
So, can you buy them? NASA isn’t selling the collection as prints, but is offering up high-res files so you can print your own. Any decent print shop will be able to handle the file and print you out a set.
Head over to PlanetQuest to download the files.
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