Pick your signpost: Is it the fact that NASA’s new, appropriately-named Dream Chaser spacecraft could usher us into an era of regular civilian spaceflight? The fact that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket recently completed the first safe landing of a reusable rocket?
Or is it the fact that, since November, NASA has been accepting applications that could allow any American with the ability to pass the NASA physical, a bachelors degree in engineering, science, or math, and three years of flight experience, to join the next class of astronauts — the class that will almost certainly be going to Mars?
No matter where you look, the clues are everywhere — the second golden age of space travel is here. What better way to celebrate this bold future, and its echoes of our triumphant past, than with these brand new retro-futurist NASA space travel posters, courtesy of their Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Exoplanet Travel Bureau:
Return to the first golden age of space travel with these vintage NASA photos, and see what NASA retro-futurism looked like way back in the 1970s, with these renderings of their proposed space colonies. Then, discover more fascinating stories and photos from the world of outer space.