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NASA's space tourism posters will make you want to explore the galaxy

By: Michael Graham Richard on Feb. 12, 2016, 5 p.m.
This poster imagines a future day when we have achieved our vision of human exploration of Mars.

Photo: NASA/JPL

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Mars: Historic sites

We’re still at least a few decades away from being able to send humans to Mars, but we’ve learned a lot about the planet thanks to robotic probes and scientific satellites like Mars Pathfinder, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

In the imaginary future depicted in this poster, we’re so long past the initial human exploration phase that the sites of various Mars exploration milestones are now “historic sites” visited by space tourists. If you look carefully, you can even see what looks like grain crops growing on the red planet (and if there’s one thing that we’ve learned from "The Martian," it’s that growing plants on Mars is hard).