The Grand Tour
It turns out that NASA has a good sense of humor. Last year, the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) design studio released a series of retro-style science-fiction posters from an imaginary space tourism agency called the “Exoplanet Travel bureau.” The concept was simple: Picture what flyers for interstellar travel might look like in a distant future and travel across the galaxy using our imagination.
The posters were so well-received that the agency created more and is now releasing them as a series titled “Visions of the Future.”
And this is how the agency describes them: “At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future.”
The first poster is titled “The Grand Tour” and refers to how the planets in the solar system align once every 175 years, permitting a spacecraft to jump from planet to planet using their gravity to propel them along a carefully selected itinerary.