Space, the final frontier. We are all fascinated with with the unknown. Must be our nature, right? Well, whatever that is, it is undeniable that we possess that urge to explore, to just know how things work. We want to go where no man has gone before! You must admit it, that exact trait has brought us to this point. Our rapid development trough industrial revolution up to today has been a real roller coaster. But now, space travel to a distant planets looks like a promising possibility in the future. People are just lining up to be an astronauts these days, and boy am I excited about what future holds! While we are waiting for that countdown to happen NASA Agency has given us a great series of visions to inspire us. These otherworldly windows to distant places are embodied in a form of beautify designed posters. Let’s look at some of them together.
This poster is all about Jupiter’s moon Europa. With its potential to host the conditions for simple life this moon is fascinating destination for future exploration. Beneath its icy surface layer, Europa is believed to conceal a global ocean of salty liquid water. NASA’s Europa mission is to take place in 2020s.
Did you know that Jupiter’s auroras are hundreds of times more powerful than Earth’s? That’s what this poster is all about. Can you imagine this hot air baloon flight? NASA Agency’s Juno mission will observe Jupiter’s auroras from above the polar regions, studying them in a way never before possible.
This eye catching poster is dedicated to the moon of Saturn named Enceladus. Cassini mission discoveries revealed strong evidence of a global ocean on this tiny Saturnian moon. Enceladus must be one of best locations in the search for possible life beyond Earth.
This eye candy is created having Ceres in mind. This dwarf planet is closest to the Sun. It is the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, how awesome, right?
Ongoing observations are revealing intriguing insights into the nature of this mysterious world of ice and rock.
This poster must be one of my favorites. Inspiring and thought provoking message from NASA Agency is really making me wish for the future to come a little bit sooner.
The rare science opportunity of planetary transits has long inspired bold voyages to exotic vantage points – journeys such as James Cook’s trek to the South Pacific to watch Venus and Mercury cross the face of the Sun in 1769. Spacecraft now allow us the luxury to study these cosmic crossings at times of our choosing from unique locales across our solar system.
Vision of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. With its thick atmosphere, and a surface shaped by rivers and lakes of liquid ethane and methane makes it very interesting. NASA’s Cassini orbiter was designed to peer through Titan’s perpetual haze and unravel the mysteries of this planet-like moon.
PSO J318.5-22 is so called rogue planet. It was discovered in October 2013 using direct imaging. Wandering alone in the galaxy, they do not orbit a parent star.
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.
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.
Finally we are back on Earth. We can safely say that our home planet is just perfect to support life. With temperature and atmosphere like this we can consider ourselves lucky. That is why JPL’s Earth science missions monitor our home planet and how it’s changing so it can continue to provide a safe haven as we reach deeper into the cosmos.
NASA Agency – history in making!
After all these delightful visions brought to us by NASA Agency creative team there is one thought to consider. All this sounds awesome, but how about something in near future? Well, our best chances to set foot on a planet soon is definitively Mars! NASA’s extensive Exploration Program seeks to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be a habitable world. Missions such as Mars Pathfinder, or Mars Exploration Rovers and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have provided important information in understanding this beautiful planet. Poster bellow represents vision of the future where Mars is just a site to visit while you drive by on your galactic journey.