You’ll Want to Sign Up to Explore Mars After Seeing These Retro NASA Posters
Viral| | By Jason Owen
Just a few years ago it seemed like a manned mission to Mars was something of only sci-fi books and movies, but after recent advances in space technology and the efforts of private explorers, a trip to Mars may happen sooner than many imagined.
To help envision a world where space agencies are actively seeking Mars explorers, NASA has released a series of retro recruitment posters that are sure to bring out the nostalgia of your 9-year-old self’s dreams of being an astronaut.
Take a look at the amazing posters – originally commissioned in 2009 for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex – below. You can download and print full-size versions of the posters by clicking here. All poster descriptions courtesy of NASA.
EXPLORERS WANTED ON THE JOURNEY TO MARS
“Hike the solar system’s largest canyon, Valles Marineris on Mars, where you can catch blue sunsets in the twilight, and see the two moons of Mars (Phobos and Deimos) in the night sky.”
WORK THE NIGHT SHIFT ON MARTIAN MOON PHOBOS
“Night owls welcome! If you lived on Mars’ moon Phobos, you’d have an office with a view, mining for resources with Mars in the night sky. Settlers below on Mars would see Phobos rise and set not once, but twice in one day!”
FARMERS WANTED FOR SURVIVAL ON MARS
“Got a green thumb? This one’s for you! In space, you can grow tomatoes, lettuce, peas, and radishes just like you would find in your summer garden. New ways of growing fresh food will be needed to keep brave explorers alive.”
SURVEYORS WANTED TO EXPLORE MARS AND ITS MOONS
“Have you ever asked the question, what is out there? So have we! That curiosity leads us to explore new places like Mars and its moons, Phobos and Deimos. Just what lies beyond the next valley, canyon, crater, or hill is something we want to discover with rovers and with humans one day too.”
TEACH ON MARS AND ITS MOONS
“Learning is out of this world! Learning can take you places you’ve never dreamed of, including Mars and its two moons, Phobos and Deimos. No matter where we live, we can always learn something new, especially with teacher-heroes who guide us on our path, daring us to dream and grow!”
TECHNICIANS WANTED TO ENGINEER OUR FUTURE ON MARS
“People with special talents will always be in demand for our Journey To Mars. Whether repairing an antenna in the extreme environment of Mars, or setting up an outpost on the moon Phobos, having the skills and desire to dare mighty things is all you need.”
ASSEMBLY REQUIRED TO BUILD OUR FUTURE ON MARS AND ITS MOONS
“Are you someone who can put things together, solving challenges to ensure survival? Dare to forge our future with space-age tools – build spaceships to carry us to Mars and back, and habitats to protect us while we’re there.”
WE NEED YOU
“We need many things for our Journey To Mars, but one key piece is YOU!”
This isn’t the first time NASA has released a series of retro posters envisioning a future world (universe?) of space travel. Check out more here!