Let’s face it, we all want to go to Mars once it heats up a little and you can grow crops, plug in a microwave and receive decent Wi-Fi. Well SpaceX’s retro Mars posters certainly tap into humanity’s thirst to get off Earth and explore something new.
Mars, utterly dominated by two moons named Phobos and Deimos, has been humanity’s interstellar focus since we landed on the moon.
It has become the premise of many a sci-fi movie, centuries of astronomy and fortunes of research, manpower and equipment.
We’ve sent up rovers and photographer satellites, been told it will be colonised on numerous occasions and Elon Musk even set up SpaceX with the original goal of getting us there to check it all out.
There’s Mars One, the hard-to-pin-down project that plans to give a few ‘lucky’ people a one-way ticket there, as well as millions of childhood imaginations, all infested with the belief that we can rock out on Mars.
So SpaceX’s new retro movie posters fit the bill perfectly.
For example, what man or woman doesn’t want to “take a space-age cruise aboard the moons of Mars”?
Especially when you consider these moons don’t actually spin, tidally locked as the planet’s gravity holds them in place. That means one side of each of them constantly faces Mars so, if your cruise captain is a decent pilot, you can enjoy a view full to the brim of the red planet throughout your entire stay!
SpaceX knows retro posters are the way to go
What about taking a jet-pack (of course) tour of Valles Mariners, to picnic with your family. SpaceX says it’s the “land of Martian chasms and craters”, so think Grand Canyon dust, rather than Glendalough greenery.
Or sit back, in your lycra, and gaze at the wonder of Olympus Mons, “the solar system’s highest peak”, all from the comfort of your very own cable car. Summit the mountain, take a gander at the horizon and enjoy the trip back down to base camp, all while watching those enthusiastic rock climbers doing it the hard way.
All these beautiful images are clickable for their full-sized versions, but it’s not the first time mid 20th century iconography was used to inspire exploration.
Last December, US space agency NASA embraced the recurring discoveries of distant planets with its Exoplanet Travel series, which recreated the nostalgia of travel posters during the 1950s, and put them in a distant future setting.
The three posters created as part of the series cover Kepler-186f, HD 40307g and Kepler-16b, the latter of which orbits two stars, which would expect to create a Tatooine-like setting as seen in Star Wars.
Again, all these beautiful images are clickable for their full-sized versions, and NASA even included a fine description of each. They are each via NASA/JPL-Caltech.
Mars city image, via Shutterstock