Companies such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are in the vanguard of the space tourism push. The companies plan to charge wealthy individuals hundreds of thousands of dollars for a brief ride in suborbital spacecrafts now under development.
NASA’s free space tourism posters were commissioned by its Jet Propulsions Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
The motivation? NASA’s space travel campaign is simply a fun public relations gambit by the U.S. space agency, which these days uses scores of private-sector contractors for its most ambitious projects including rocket launches and soon even astronaut shuttles.