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NASA has taken a delightfully unusual approach to bringing awareness to some of the potentially habitable exoplanets out there among the stars.

Under the moniker Exoplanet Travel Bureau, the renowned space agency presented a set of three posters, presumably modeled after the iconic American travel prints of the 1930’s, which present gorgeous graphic representations of three exoplanets.

Given the obscure names and distant nature of exoplanets, it is certainly easy to lose sight of NASA’s discoveries in the midst of its other work.  However, if they continue with this approach I would venture that they may even be able to make distant worlds like Kepler-16b a household name.

If you like these posters as much as I do, you can click on the images below or you can download all three directly from NASA/JPL.

Offical NASA caption: Twice as big in volume as the Earth, HD 40307g straddles the line between "Super-Earth" and "mini-Neptune" and scientists aren't sure if it has a rocky surface or one that's buried beneath thick layers of gas and ice. One thing is certain though: at eight time the Earth's mass, its gravitational pull is much, much stronger. Offical NASA caption: Twice as big in volume as the Earth, HD 40307g straddles the line between…

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