Space Travel Posters
51 Pegasi b - Greetings From Your First Exoplanet - NASA JPL Space Travel Poster
The Visions of the Future posters, from the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, promote travel to planets and moons. Equal parts retro-chic and sheer design genius these museum-quality posters made on thick, durable, matte paper. Yielding highly saturated images, while maintaining excellent highlight and shadow detail, this poster will be a statement in any room.Printed in America, sweatshop free, on archival, acid-free paper. Ships with or without a frame.
The poster depicts a person looking at various tourist postcards from the 51 Pegasi b exoplanet. Exoplanets are planets that orbit a star other than our Sun. This particular one is approximately 50 light-years away.
"While there is much debate over which exoplanet discovery is considered the "first," one stands out from the rest. In 1995, scientists discovered 51 Pegasi b, forever changing the way we see the universe and our place in it. The exoplanet is about half the mass of Jupiter, with a seemingly impossible, star-hugging orbit of only 4.2 Earth days. Not only was it the first planet confirmed to orbit a sun-like star, it also ushered in a whole new class of planets called Hot Jupiters: hot, massive planets orbiting closer to their stars than Mercury. Today, powerful observatories like NASA's Kepler space telescope will continue the hunt of distant planets."