NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope found out more than 4,000 possible candidates for an Earth-like world. Over 1,000 of these discovered exoplanets were verified about the conditions for sustaining life and other specific characteristics of the planets. Eight new planets suited the conditions for a habitable world.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory from NASA released “travel posters” that depict how it would be like to visit three of these exoplanets in a journey across the Universe.
Kepler-186f is one of them, a planet that locates in the “habitable zone” of its neighboring star. The “habitable zone” is a region that supports the sustainability and existence of life, a region in which a planet that orbits its star or star system is placed. Water in liquid form may be found on the surface of Kepler-186f. The poster of the planet has the title “Exactly where the Grass is Usually Redder on the Other Side”. Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that the star Kepler-186f orbits is considerably redder and cooler than our Sun. This might trigger a very different chromatic palette range for plant life (if there is one) on the planet’s surface than the green we are used to see on Earth.
Another poster is called “Exactly where your shadow often has organization.” The exoplanet Kepler-16b orbits a star system made of two stars bounded together by their gravitational pull. A similar example can be found in a legendary sci fi movie series, Star Wars. Luke Skywaker, an important character of the series, was born on a planet called Tatooine that had two suns just like Kepler-16b. As a result a pair of shadows is casted by all objects on the planet’s surface.
The third poster is the one of exoplanet HD 40307g. With a mass eight times larger and two times bigger in size than Earth, HD 40307g has a far greater gravity. The title of its poster is “Knowledge the Gravity of a Super Earth”.
The “retro” or vintage design style reminds of 1930s similar technique used in creating the posters for Functions Progress Administration.
David Delgado, a designer from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said that the posters are not entirely fantasy, on contrary. “There was a lot of back-and-forth with the scientists figuring out which exoplanets to choose, then noodling on what it would really [be] like to go to them.”He and his colleagues were surprised by the unexpected wave of public enthusiasm regarding the posters.
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