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Now, I didn't know this, but apparently someone over at NASA - presumably with one of the less vital jobs - has been knocking together fake movie posters to advertise their various expeditions. And this has been going on for years!

This time it's the turn of ISS Expedition 42 to get the movie poster makeover. They decided, quite fittingly, to copy the poster from 2005's space-comedy-adventure, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Well, I suppose it's a lot more optimistic than copying Gravity's... Compare NASA's to the original version, below:

Now take a look at the original:

Featured in the NASA poster from left to right are:

  • Terry Virts and Anton Shkaplerov as Zaphod Beeblebrox
  • Aleksandr Samokutyayev as Humma Kavula
  • Barry "Butch" Wilmore as Arthur Dent
  • Elena Serova as Ford Prefect
  • Samantha Cristoforetti as Trillian
  • Guest star: Robonaut, as Marvin the Paranoid Android

Of course, the reason for the selection of The Hitchhiker's Guide might be a bit deeper than the fact it's partly set in space. The movie also popularized the concept that the number 42 is the "The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything." Considering this is Expedition 42, I think we can all see what they did there...

The poster was revealed by Flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti on Google+. She explained:

I am incredibly excited to share with you the Expedition 42 poster! If you like it half as much as I do, it will still be your favorite expedition poster ever.
Enjoy, don't panic and always know where your towel is!

And what are these other expedition posters she speaks of? Well, here's one for Expedition 23 which apes Reservoir Dogs:

While Expedition 40 decided to keep it sci-fi with their rendition of the Firefly poster:

To see many, many more, make sure to head over to NASA's Space Flight Awareness page.


Which is your favorite of the above posters?


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