Is Space Travel in Your Plans for 2015?

Kevlar-186f:  Where the grass is always redder on the other side

Is space travel in your future?

NASA hopes so!

The space agency is promoting extraterrestrial travel with some fun retro travel posters featuring exotic destinations.

Planetquest is a joint project of NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and California Institute of Technology which aims to search the universe for another earth.

Exoplanet Travel Series — The Search for a Habitable Planet

NASA is promoting Planetquest with its Exoplanet Travel Series, complete with tempting posters advertising some out-of-this-world vacation spots.

The descriptions below are copied from the NASA website.

Kepler-186f:  Where the Grass is Always Redder on the Other Side

Kepler-186f is the first Earth-size planet discovered in the potentially ‘habitable zone’ around another star, where liquid water could exist on the planet’s surface. Its star is much cooler and redder than our Sun.  If plant life does exist on a planet like Kepler-186f, its photosynthesis could have been influenced by the star’s red-wavelength photons, making for a color palette that’s very different than the greens on Earth. This discovery was made by Kepler, NASA’s planet hunting telescope.

 Experience the Gravity of a Super Earth

HD 40307g
HD 40307g — Exoplanet travel at its finest

Twice as big in volume as the Earth, HD 40307g straddles the line between “Super-Earth” and “mini-Neptune” and scientists aren’t sure if it has a rocky surface or one that’s buried beneath thick layers of gas and ice. One thing is certain though: at eight time the Earth’s mass, its gravitational pull is much, much stronger.

Relax on Kepler-16b – Where your shadow always has company

Keplar-16B:  Where your shadow always has company

Like Luke Skywalker’s planet “Tatooine” in Star Wars, Kepler-16b orbits a pair of stars. Depicted here as a terrestrial planet, Kepler-16b might also be a gas giant like Saturn.



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