Perhaps people within SpaceX and NASA are a little sad about the end of "Mad Men," because recently both organizations have taken to imagining the distant future of space tourism via travel posters in the style of a bygone era.
First, NASA opened its speculative " Valles Marineris and the tallest mountain in the solar system, the Everest-dwarfing Olympus Mons." online in January. Then, on Friday, SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk shared a few of their own stylized posters featuring fantasy adventures to Mars. The posters imagine trips to some of the Red Planet's spectacular features, including its continent-wide Grand Canyon called
Currently, SpaceX is focused on making deliveries to the International Space Station and perfecting reusable rockets, butof sending people to Mars as soon as the 2020s. NASA's current goal is to send astronauts there in the 2030s. Other organizations like are aiming to get to the Red Planet even sooner, though there's such optimistic timelines. Oddly, the author of the best-selling novel " ," is among the most pessimistic Mars boosters -- he sees us arriving there in the 2050s.
Flip through the gallery below to check out the latest visions of distant future space tourism -- from NASA, SpaceX and even a creative Etsy seller -- as it might have been pitched in the only slightly distant past.