SpaceX’s retro Mars travel posters will seduce you into space

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SpaceX's vintage-style travel posters will lure you to Mars.
SpaceX's vintage-style travel posters will lure you to Mars.
Photo: SpaceX/Flickr CC

A new series of retro-futuristic space travel posters from SpaceX is designed to seduce earthlings into a trip beyond the stars.

The posters, uploaded to Flickr on Friday by Elon Musk’s private space company, channel the classic charm of vintage travel posters for exotic earthly locations like San Francisco, Barcelona and Siam.

They evoke a pre-Space Age fascination with far-off destinations, places that fuel the imagination and remain slightly beyond the reach of the common man.

For these space travel posters, cheekily attributed to the Mars Colonization and Tourism Association, SpaceX highlighted three Martian locales:

  • The Red Planet’s twin moons, Phobos and Deimos.
  • The Valles Marineris (which is Latin for “Mariner Valleys”), a series of canyons named for the Mariner 9 Mars orbiter that discovered the area in the ’70s.
  • Olympus Mons, a 16-mile-high volcano that NASA calls the largest in the solar system.

SpaceX‘s ultimate goal is to rocket humans to other planets. Will these types of fantastic images drive demand for the company’s rocket rides once its scientists and engineers make interplanetary travel a reality?

Mars' twin moons, Phobos and Deimos, would make for a romantic vacation.
Mars’ twin moons, Phobos and Deimos, would make for a romantic vacation.
Photo: SpaceX/Flickr

 

The canyons of Valles Marineris are calling.
The canyons of Valles Marineris are calling.
Photo: SpaceX/Flickr

 

Massive volcano Olympus Mons towers over the surface of Mars.
Massive volcano Olympus Mons towers over the surface of Mars.
Photo: SpaceX/Flickr

You can download high-resolution versions of the public-domain posters from the SpaceX Photos Flickr page. (Squint hard enough and you can see the SpaceX logo.)

Via: The Verge