Hey, guess what? Did you know that cosmo and astronauts are huge nerds too? The crews of the International Space Station’s Expeditions, made up of space travelers from USA, Russia and Japan, always have the best sci-fi themes for their expedition posters, dressing themselves up as Starfleet officers or even posing like the cast of The Matrix!
It's all part of NASA's Space Flight Awareness program that strives to promote "safety and mission success in the critical, challenging task of flying humans in the hostile environment of space by communicating and educating the Government/industry workforce about human space flight."
Recently, the Expedition 45 crew transformed themselves into Jedi as they aim to continue their adventure into science. Check it out...
Expedition XLV - The Science Continues
How awesome is this?! From left to right, these Jedi are comprised of Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren, and Kimiya Yui from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Take a bow you legends!
And it doesn't stop there sci-fi fans, oh no, I was just warming up. Check out these other great expedition posters from the hallowed halls of NASA...
To boldly go where a fair few astronauts have gone before, but we like you the most Exp 21!
"Unfortunately I cannot explain to you what the ISS is. You have to see it for yourself." Actually, it is quite easily explainable.
Here's Exp 26 with their cover of their Black Album. 'Cause space is black...
No, not an outer space porn parody, just a couple of interstellar pirates hired to be the 30th exp crew and do a bit of good.
I'd read the heck out of that!
Expedition 45 will leave Earth in March, carrying Kornienko and Kelly to the ISS. They will be joined by Lindgren, Kononenko and Yui in May and Volkov will come aboard in September.
All the best to them and... to the next Expedition team, could we have a Guardians of the Galaxy themed poster, please? They really are some of the coolest people in and off the world!
Which was your favorite poster?
(Source: NASA SFA)