• NASA's Voyager mission took advantage of a once-every-175-year alignment of the outer planets for a grand tour of the solar system. (NASA/JPL)Source: NASA/JPL
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are at it again with a new collection of gorgeous retro-inspired space posters.
By
Signe Dean

10 Feb 2016 - 2:35 PM  UPDATED 15 Feb 2016 - 5:05 PM

Last year NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) opened a virtual Exoplanet Travel Bureau. Amongst "featured destinations" were such fancy locations as PSO J318.5-22 where nightlife never ends, and Kepler-16b, the unusual world with two suns (think Tatooine).

You couldn't book these trips, though. The travel bureau's sole output was a series of inspiring travel posters like the one above. Freely available for download and sharing, they traversed the internet complete with informative captions highlighting some of the most interesting properties of each exoplanet. 

A throwback to 50s sci-fi art, this travel poster collection was created by JPL's in-house creative studio, a team whose job includes coming up with creative and unusual ways to communicate with the public.

The posters proved so popular that JPL revisited the concept this year by comissioning a set of nine additional pieces - this time featuring destinations in our own Solar System in a mixture of current science fact and optimistic future possibilities.

"We're huge science fiction fans, but sometimes it's positioned only in that way that it's science fiction," JPL designer David Delgado told The Verge. "What's kind of special is we're working with people who are actively trying to make these things come to life."

The whole collection, titled Visions of The Future, has been unveiled on JPL's website where you can explore them in full resolution. We've also featured a few below, with partial original captions. 

And last, but not least - our own planet, where air is free!