These NASA Space Tourism Posters Take Us To Infinity And Beyond

These spectacular space tourism posters imagine what advertisements for interplanetary vacations could one day look like.

Fourteen tongue-in-cheek trips to Mars, Jupiter, Venus and a host of exoplanets are on offer in the Visions of the Future series that NASA commissioned at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

“Imagination is our window into the future,” said NASA, which uploaded the posters to its website on Wednesday.

JPL visual strategist Dan Goods told CNN the images were meant to spark people’s interest in the universe.

“Many of the things we are doing today were imagined by artists and science fiction writers decades ago,” he said. “These destinations are all actual places that we know about, and one day, perhaps humans can go to them in the future.”

Although deep space travel for humans may seem a long way off, Goods said it’s “really important to us that we worked with the technical community to make sure what we were showing could someday happen.”

NASA commissioned the Seattle design studio Invisible Creature to create three of the posters — of “Mars,” “Enceladus” and “The Grand Tour.” The space agency released five others as part of JPL’s Exoplanet Travel Bureau series in 2015.

High-definition versions of the posters are available to download for free from the JPL website.

And here they are:

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Behold, The First Artwork Depicting Two People Making Sweet Love

Warning: This post contains imagery of two people having sex — but the sculpture is pretty abstract, so you’re probably okay.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and so we decided to do the cute thing and search the Internet for the oldest known depiction of two people kissing. I soon discovered that the first rendering of two people kissing skips all the bases and is also the first to show two people having sex.

The image below is the calcite cobble sculpture known as “Ain Sakhri lovers,” because it was found in the Ain Sakhri caves near Bethlehem. The little, 102-millimeter love scene is estimated to date back to around 9000 B.C. Yes, around the same time copper was discovered, goats were domesticated, and people began making bricks from clay, one Mesolithic or Epipaleolithic softie let his emotions out into the world, crafting two lump-like bodies smushed together in, what we can only imagine, is pure ecstasy.

The artwork, The British Museum explained, was once a mere pebble, floating down a small river near Bethlehem. A forever anonymous person picked it up, using his or her hands to chisel away at the rock until a passionate embrace blurring bodily boundaries remained.

Although at first glance the artwork might look like a horny Stone Ager threw together the three-dimensional equivalent of a stick figure, further examination reveals the complexity of the form. In an interview with the BBC, Marc Quinn explained his fascination with the object, that forces the viewer to encounter the bodies embedded in the piece as he or she would encounter a new lover.

To me, what’s incredible about this sculpture is that when you move it and look at it in different ways, it changes completely,” Quinn said. “And so here you —> Read More

Kenneth Miller reviews Dover model of standing up for science

In a Harrisburg, Pa., Federal courtroom 11 years ago, Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller was the first witness in a historic takedown of Intelligent Design’s pretense of scientific relevance. In the context of ongoing culture wars over evolution, climate change, stem cell research and vaccination, Miller will reunite with figures from the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial to review that trial’s lessons at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., Feb. 13, 2016. —> Read More

Send Your Sweetie An Out-Of-This-World Valentine

Mars has a lot of heart (s)! Send one to your Valentine Credit: NASA

Still looking for the right card for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Why not do it in cosmic proportion by getting NASA on your side? The tender-hearted folks at agency may have just what you’re looking for.The staff at the New Horizons mission headquarters offers two valentines this season that play off Pluto’s heart-shaped, icy plain Tombaugh Regio. While the temperature there hovers around 400 below, you’re guaranteed a 98.6° smile when your sweetie opens the card and sees your love reflected in glittering nitrogen ice.Pluto not your thing? Select from 12 different Mars e-card love greetings at this NASA site and blow your partner away in a Martian dust devil of love. Many of the heart-shaped features depicted on the cards are genuine features and include collapse pits, craters and mesas.Even the asteroids send their saucy wishes. Check out the delightful series of valentines from the upcoming OSIRIS-Rex sample return mission to 101955 Bennu, slated to launch in September this year and return a sample of the carbonaceous asteroid to Earth in 2023. If you go this route, I’d complement the card with a meal heavy on edible carbonaceous material at your partner’s favorite restaurant.Happy Valentine’s Day! Spread the love for a happier planet.

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