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Jan 28, 2015

PlanetQuest: Vintage-y Graphic Space Tourism Ads From NASA

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I dunno how you boys feel about interstellar travel, but I'm a hardcore sucker when it comes to anything relating to the subject. Whether it's a comical take on its treatment in movies or a serious treatise on the realities of the universe, I check yes every time. So you can imagine my excitement when NASA's subsidiary computing project, PlanetQuest, came out with these fake, retro travel advertisements for recently discovered planets.    

Kepler 186f (seen above) was the first planet discovered in the habitable zone of of another star where liquid water could theoretically exist. Since the planet orbits a much cooler (and therefore redder) planet than our sun, the photosynthesis of any potential plant life would naturally be skewed to a different color pallet due to the red light's longer wavelength. 

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Or check out this advertisement for Kepler-16b which orbits two suns, not unlike Star Wars' Tatooine. You can download hi-res images from the PlanetQuest website and then consider mounting them on plywood like Bryson did.

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