NASA creates old style travel posters for exoplanets

NASA has created a series of posters reminiscent of 1930s or art deco style travel posters for exoplanets. Each poster also includes a description of the physics and speculates about possible life or features of the themes in the posters. 

Kepler-186f is the first Earth-size planet discovered in the potentially 'habitable zone' around another star, where liquid water could exist on the planet's surface. Its star is much cooler and redder than our Sun. 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 that's very different than the greens on Earth. This discovery was made by Kepler, NASA's planet hunting telescope. image: NASA/JPL

Twice as big in volume as the Earth, HD 40307g straddles the line between "Super-Earth" and "mini-Neptune" and scientists aren't sure if it has a rocky surface or one that's buried beneath thick layers of gas and ice. One thing is certain though: at eight time the Earth's mass, its gravitational pull is much, much stronger. image: NASA/JPL

Like Luke Skywalker's planet "Tatooine" in Star Wars, Kepler-16b orbits a pair of stars. Depicted here as a terrestrial planet, Kepler-16b might also be a gas giant like Saturn. Prospects for life on this unusual world aren't good, as it has a temperature similar to that of dry ice. But the discovery indicates that the movie's iconic double-sunset is anything but science fiction. image: NASA/JPL


If you are curious where the inspirations of the styles comes from have a look at these from a google image search of “original 1930s travel posters” :


© Richard Conan-Davies 2017 | contact | permissions | privacy | site map |