NASA's Visions of the Future Calendar Images
February 11, 2016 8:28 AM   Subscribe

The images for JPL’s Visions Of The Future 2016 Calendar, which was an internal gift to JPL and NASA staff along with scientists, engineers, government and university staff, have been put online. "As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future." [via]

The Grand Tour [JPG, PDF, TIFF]
Earth: Your Oasis in Space [JPG, PDF, TIFF]
Venus: See you at the Cloud 9 observatory [JPG, PDF, TIFF]
Ceres: Queen of the asteroid belt [JPG, PDF, TIFF]
Experience the mighty auroras of Jupiter [JPG, PDF, TIFF]
Visit beautiful southern Enceladus [JPG, PDF, TIFF]
Titan: Ride the tides [JPG, PDF, TIFF]
Europa: Discover life under the ice [JPG, PDF, TIFF]
Greetings from your first exoplanet: 51 Pegasi b [JPG, TIFF]
PSO J318.5-22 - Where the Nightlife Never Ends [JPG, TIFF]
Experience the Gravity of a Super Earth [JPG, TIFF]
Kepler-16b - Where your shadow always has company [JPG, TIFF]
Kepler-186 f - Where the Grass is Always Redder [JPG, TIFF]
Additional file options for some images, possible destinations and flight times at the Exoplanet Travel Bureau.
*The TIFF files are a few hundred mb each.
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posted by Wolfdog at 8:36 AM on February 11, 2016

So, in all seriousness, I want some big glossy poster prints of some of these. How do I achieve this?
posted by Wolfdog at 8:43 AM on February 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

Just call up any sign place and say you have a high-resolution TIFF to print. They can help you figure out what the maximum size would be before you get worsening results. Judging from these files, you could easily do a 11x17.
posted by odinsdream at 9:01 AM on February 11, 2016 [2 favorites]

Breaking: NASA and JPL fund trip to Mars based solely on nerds like me buying stuff like this FOREVER.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:02 AM on February 11, 2016

Yeeeeesssss. I'm with Wolfdog. I think I found my birthday present.
posted by slipthought at 9:04 AM on February 11, 2016

Earth: Your Oasis in Space

We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth.
Let us rest our eyes on fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth.
posted by The Tensor at 9:05 AM on February 11, 2016

I had never thought of Ceres as the Reno of the Solar System before. But it works.
posted by rewil at 9:14 AM on February 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

Wolfdog: You can get at least three of them as 24" x 36" signed prints.
posted by obloquy at 9:18 AM on February 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

I want Titan and Venus.
Note: I already have the Galilean moons covered.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:23 AM on February 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

For sale at
posted by miyabo at 9:33 AM on February 11, 2016

The Biggest Little Rock in the Solar System
posted by ckape at 11:11 AM on February 11, 2016

What happens beyond the event horizon stays beyond the event horizon
posted by cmfletcher at 11:26 AM on February 11, 2016

Is there a PDF for the calendar somewhere that the public can download and print for themselves?
posted by Seboshin at 11:27 AM on February 11, 2016

I like that the Ceres one is consistent in feel with with the Ceres Crossroads bar in The American Astronaut.
posted by contraption at 4:23 PM on February 11, 2016

I was hoping for "A new life awaits you in the Off-World colonies. The chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure!".
posted by NumberSix at 8:15 PM on February 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

hooooly shit these are amazing
posted by Theta States at 12:11 PM on February 12, 2016

On one hand, these are great and the world needs more stuff like this in it. Adding both a sense of humor and conscious, engaged design to NASA's PR effort is fantastic.

On the other hand, it sure looks like an overt ripoff of Steve Thomas and the intergalactic travel bureau.

A single "inspired by" link on the NASA page would go a long way toward making this fully awesome, instead of cringing-disclaimer awesome.
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