Traveling to space is no small feat.
Since the first manned missions in the past century, our country’s heroic astronauts have brought back invaluable information about the outer spheres.
While these upstanding, intelligent men and women have typically appeared to be rather serious-looking in official photos, they have a goofier side that most of us have never seen before.
In fact, since 1996, NASA has had each of its expedition teams featured in amazing film posters, many of which are inspired by classic cult science fiction films.
Below, we’ve included nine of these designs. Many of the film titles have been tweaked to reveal incredibly clever puns, while all of the costumes have been made to mimic those of famous movie characters.
We find these posters both hilarious and absolutely historically significant.
Scroll further to see some of the posters that we selected, and let us know your thoughts on these wonderful designs in the comments below!
When we typically think of portraits of our country’s astronauts, this is most likely what we think of — official, a little bit stern, and definitely stiff.
What many people don’t know, however, is that NASA has been jazzing up its astronaut portraits for almost 20 years. Since 1996, the Kennedy Space Center’s graphics department has been featuring NASA crew on amazing film poster designs. Here, we can see the crew from Expedition 16, who pose as characters from the 1999 science fiction action film, The Matrix.
Fast-forward 10 years, the crew of Expedition 21 dressed up in uniforms straight out of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the popular science fiction television series that ran from 1987 to 1994.
Here, we have the crew from Expedition 26, who gloriously recreated the iconic cover of the Beatles’ 1969 studio album, Abbey Road. Astronaut Catherine Coleman even decided to pose barefoot in the poster, in honor of Paul McCartney’s barefoot walk in the original poster.
The team of Expedition 30 decided to pay homage to the Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy film series.
Next up, we have a poster inspired by the live action film Transformers, and SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, which had gone on a mission to the International Space Station and returned with supplies and data.
Expedition 38’s crew chose to feature an actual star instead of going with a pop culture theme, like others before them did.
Science fiction fans were sure to love Expedition 42’s poster, which paid tribute to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Recently, Expedition 43 took us way back to the 1927 science fiction film Metropolis.
The newest crew on the International Space Station, Expedition 45, chose to pose as fierce jedi knights from the classic American space opera Star Wars.
Which of these posters is your favorite?
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