Fancy a jaunt to Jupiter? An expedition to Enceladus? Maybe just a quick cruise to Ceres.
All these destinations and more are promised in the latest project from The Studio at JPL — a NASA initiative that uses design to share space and science with the general public. And how!
These retro-future space posters are obviously to die for, and they're also totally free to print out and share as you please. A few of them can be purchased as high-quality prints from Invisible Creature, a design firm that created three of the posters.
At NASA's website, you can click through each design to learn a little more about the destination it advertises. Kepler-186f, an Earth-sized exoplanet, features red foliage because scientists suspect that its cool, red star might give any plant life there a different hue than the trees we see on Earth.
PSO J318.5-22, a "rogue" exoplanet, is stylized as a swanky nightclub planet — because it's been ejected from its solar system and lacks a host star, but probably gives off a slight glow because it's still cooling down.
A lot of the posters rely on pure speculation, but the thought that went into them — and the real science behind their stylization — is pretty impressive.
One of my favorite things about the poster set is that Earth is included — and billed as an "oasis" where the air is free. There's something very grand (and perhaps a little bit dystopian) about imagining Earth as a tranquil pitstop we'd occasionally make in the midst of planet hopping.
We may not be ready to go dancing on distant rogue planets, but NASA is in the midst of (or gearing up for) robotic missions to lots of these worlds. With any luck, we'll soon have a lot more information to work with.