NASA wants you! A new series of ‘retro’ posters invite future Mars explorers

  • NASA released retro recruitment posters to show the future of space exploration in Mars
  • The posters were originally created for an exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in 2009
  • 8 high-resolution posters are available for free download 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has just come out with a series of retro recruitment posters; reminiscent of both World War I recruitment posters and 50s space travel ads, to promote its ‘Journey to Mars’ campaign.

Image from NASA
Image from NASA

The series of posters, called ‘Mars Explorers Wanted’, were designed to give people an idea about what’s next in the future of space exploration and if they could play a role in the journey.

“In the future, Mars will need all kinds of explorers, farmers, surveyors, teachers … but most of all YOU!” NASA  wrote on their website. “Join us on the journey to Mars as we explore with robots and send humans there one day.”

Each poster shares a few sentences with the intent to get the public excited about what possibilities Mars holds and to envision a future where Earthlings are successfully colonizing the Red Planet.

“Night owls welcome! If you lived on Mars’ moon Phobos, you’d have an office with a view, mining for resources with Mars in the night sky,” reads the poster that recruits night workers, which shows the worker standing on Phobos with Mars to their back.

These nostalgic Mars travel posters were originally commissioned for a 2009 exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex in Florida but the space agency released high-resolution images of the artwork for free download, as per an article published by Space.

In their last recruitment initiative, which ended in February, NASA said: “From pilots and engineers, to scientists and medical doctors, NASA selects qualified astronaut candidates from a diverse pool of U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds.”

NASA’s ‘Mars Explorers Wanted’ posters are available for download here.