NASA’s New Spaced-Out Travel Posters

  • Exoplanet Kepler 16-b is thought to be as cold as dry ice, despite its having two suns.

    Exoplanet Kepler 16-b is thought to be as cold as dry ice, despite its having two suns.

  • Don't pack your bags quite yet; Kepler-186f is 490 light years from Earth.

    Don't pack your bags quite yet; Kepler-186f is 490 light years from Earth.

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Even if there were plant life on Kepler-186f, it wouldn’t likely be green: the red-wavelength photons emitted by the exoplanet’s sun probably mean the vegetation there would be a shade of crimson. At least, that’s what NASA thinks. Launched in 2009, the U.S. space agency’s Kepler telescope recently discovered its 1,000th exoplanet (a planet that orbits a star beyond our own solar system), including some that hold the potential of being habitable. It’s these that the visual strategists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have recently been casting in vintage-style travel posters—three so far, downloadable from the center’s website, with more to come—imagining their extraterrestrial landscapes as actual destinations. Call it the new golden age of travel. —Gabrielle Lipton

For more information, visit NASA.

This article originally appeared in the February/March print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Spaced Out”)

 

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