Astronauts are already cool, but seeing the men and women who explore space posing as Jedi, "Star Trek" officers and pirates makes us love them even more. Even Robonaut makes a few cameos in these NASA posters.
In the latest promotional poster from NASA, astronauts and cosmonauts
headed to the International Space Station for their next mission are
dressed as Jedi masters. But it's not the first time space scientists have gone sci-fi for a NASA promo shot.
Here, the crew of NASA Expedition 21 is dressed in
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" uniforms. The poster is written in an
original "Star Trek" series typeface with the Enterprise NX-01 in the
background. And yes, there are even two Red Shirts.
Since 42 is "the answer to the ultimate question
of life, the universe and everything" in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," the astronauts of Expedition 42 do their best impressions of
Robonaut even appears as Marvin the Paranoid Android.
While no Autobots were around on the International
Space Station, that didn't stop the astronauts from celebrating
"Transformers" in this parody poster for Expedition 31. Russian
cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko, Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin, NASA astronauts Don
Pettit and Joseph M. Acaba and ESA astronaut André Kuipers would make the
Decepticons think twice about attacking Earth.
Astronauts Scott Kelly, Samantha Cristoforetti, Mikhail Korniyenko, Terry Virts, Gennadi Padalka and
Anton Shkaplerov, along with Robonaut, pay tribute to Fritz Lang’s 1927
silent sci-fi classic "Metropolis."
NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Scott Kelly,
Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov, Oleg Kononenko and Mikhail Kornienko and
Japan's Kimiya Yui pose as Jedi masters complete with their own lightsabers in
this "Star Wars"-themed poster for Expedition 45.
The team from Expedition 16 looks ready to fight in
this parody poster of "The Matrix." Swapping their usual
astronaut spacesuits for black leather and sunglasses are Russian cosmonaut Yuri
Malenchenko, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Malaysian spaceflight participant
Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, ESA astronaut Léopold Eyharts and
NASA astronauts Garrett Reisman and Dan Tani. They don't need to take the blue pill to see things us
Earth-bound folks never get to experience.
In honor of director Quentin
Tarantino's indie crime classic "Reservoir Dogs," the astronauts
from Expedition 23 make for a
formidable team. We'd plan a heist with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko,
NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov,
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, if they weren't so busy in
Not all NASA parody posters are geeky. In this
case, we see the crew from Expedition 26 showing off its appreciation of the Beatles.
Astronaut Catherine Coleman plays the part of a barefoot Paul McCartney in this tribute to the "Abbey Road" album cover. And the usual crossing stripes are replaced with the Roman numerals for
Oleg Kononenko, Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov, NASA astronauts Dan Burbank and
Don Pettit and ESA astronaut André Kuipers are transformed into pirates
complete with hats, eyeliner, eye patches and even a pet monkey in this "Pirates of the Caribbean" homage for Expedition 30.