New! Collect The Cosmos With Our Planet Prints August 25 2015
From the hottest rock to the iciest dwarf planet, we are thrilled to present to you all nine of our sun’s major satellites in two variations—Planets (Set) and Planets (Grid)—to orbit your space as you see fit.
Planets, a 20x200 Space Edition
8"x8", set of nine individual planet prints ($275)
16"x16", single print grid of all nine planets ($240)
24"x24", single print grid of all nine planets ($1200)
Here at 20x200, our love for outer space is well-known. From city lights to faraway settlements, we've got a bit of a crush on the cosmos around us. These objects of our affection and awe are that much more concrete thanks to the steady stream of ogle-able images being beamed down by NASA.
As people who came of age after the golden era of space travel, we tend to take for granted the ability to see amazingly far from our home planet. Recently, all of us at 20x200 (and in the world!) were awestruck as we watched NASA's New Horizons satellite make its way past our solar system's littlest space hobo, Pluto. Previously, this planet (we're still calling it a planet, dammit) had been mere pixels in satellite images. Now it emerged with clear characteristics...and the best li'l message of love.
With the arrival of this up-close-and-personal Pluto portrait, we knew that we had to celebrate our solar system and the incredible, intrepid people who’ve given us a clear vision of our closest space neighbors. We’ve created two different complete solar system editions: Planets (set), a set of individual planet prints, printed only at 8”x8” (and shipped for an unearthly single dollar), and Planets (grid), a gorgeous print with all nine planets in one grid, sized at 16”x16” or 24”x24” (if you want to pull a Banksy and write “Squad Goals” at the bottom, we totally understand).
From Messenger and Magellan to deep-space explorers like Cassini and Voyager 2, these missions have provided us with a gorgeous glimpse of our closest cosmic neighbors. Wanna master your next pub quiz? Let’s talk about how these images were captured. The ingenuity of NASA, their collaborators, and the technology created to reach and return imagery from extraordinary distances has demystified our solar system and beyond. Now its time to take a page out of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s book, and take you on a little tour of our very own Planets, one satellite mission and planet at a time.
The MESSENGER spacecraft is the first ever to orbit the planet Mercury, and the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation are unraveling the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet. Our selected image shows an orthographic projection of this global mosaic. The peak-ring basin Rachmaninoff can be seen in the northwest portion of the globe, Rembrandt basin can be seen towards the south, and Eminescu and Raditladi can be seen just east of center. The edge of the Caloris basin is just visible along the eastern edge of this globe.
Multiple radar images from Magellan’s first mapping cycle are projected onto a computer-simulated globe to create this striking image of Venus. Data gaps are filled in with data from the Pioneer Venus Orbiter. The colors here are based on color images recorded by the Soviet Venera 13 and 14 spacecraft.
Mission: Deep Space Climate Observatory
A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away. These initial Earth images show the effects of sunlight scattered by air molecules, giving the images a characteristic bluish tint.
The primary objective of DSCOVR, a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Air Force, is to maintain and improve the accuracy and lead time of space weather alerts and forecasts from NOAA. The satellite was launched in February and recently reached its planned orbit at the first Lagrange point or L1, about one million miles from Earth toward the sun. NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future. The agency freely shares this unique knowledge and works with institutions around the world to gain new insights into how our planet is changing.
Mission: 4600 Viking Orbiter
The largest canyon in the Solar System cuts a wide swath across the face of Mars. Named Valles Marineris, the grand valley extends over 3,000 kilometers long, spans as much as 600 kilometers across, and delves as much as 8 kilometers deep. By comparison, the Earth's Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA is 800 kilometers long, 30 kilometers across, and 1.8 kilometers deep. The origin of the Valles Marineris remains unknown, although a leading hypothesis holds that it started as a crack billions of years ago as the planet cooled. Recently, several geologic processes have been identified in the canyon. The 20x200 selected Mars image was created from a mosaic of over 100 images of Mars taken by Viking Orbiters in the 1970s.
Mission: Cassini orbiter
This true-color simulated view of Jupiter is composed of 4 images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on December 7, 2000, to illustrate what Jupiter would have looked like if the cameras had a field-of-view large enough to capture the entire planet. Jupiter's moon Europa is casting the shadow on the planet - which we find incredibly cool.
Cassini is a cooperative mission of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.
Mission: Cassini orbiter
This captivating natural color view was created from images collected shortly after Cassini began its extended Equinox Mission in July 2008. During this time, the colors of the northern hemisphere have evolved from azure blue to a multitude of muted-colored bands. This mosaic combines 30 images taken over the course of approximately two hours as Cassini panned its wide-angle camera across the entire planet and ring system.
Six moons complete this constructed panorama: Titan, Janus, Mimas, Pandora, Epimetheus and Enceladus. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.
Mission: Voyager 2
This is an image of the planet Uranus taken by the spacecraft Voyager 2 in 1986. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Mission: Voyager 2
This picture of Neptune was produced from the last whole planet images taken on the Voyager 2 narrow angle camera. The images were taken at a range of 4.4 million miles from the planet, 4 days and 20 hours before closest approach. The picture shows the Great Dark Spot and its companion bright smudge; on the west limb the fast moving bright feature called Scooter and the little dark spot are visible. These clouds were seen to persist for as long as Voyager's cameras could resolve them. North of these, a bright cloud band similar to the south polar streak may be seen.
The Voyager Mission is conducted by JPL for NASA's Office of Space Science and Applications.
Mission: New Horizons
The 20x200 selected image of Pluto is the combination of many instruments on NASA’s New Horizons satellite. Four photographs taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (or, LORRI) were merged with color data from the Ralph instrument. The images were taken when the spacecraft was still 280,000 miles away.
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, designed, built, and operates the New Horizons spacecraft, and manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. The Southwest Research Institute, based in San Antonio, leads the science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Dip your toe in the galactic pool with Planets—but don't forget your towel.
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