Exotic Vacation Destinations, part 3

Inspiration comes from many sources. My most recent touch of the muse comes courtesy of NASA, which has inspired so many people over the decades.

NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory released travel posters for a few of the many planets discovered in the last few years, as I noted while discussing my vacation plans. In case you haven’t read those blog entries here and here, this is an example, courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech:

Twice as big in volume as the Earth, HD 40307g straddles the line between "Super-Earth" and "mini-Neptune" and scientists aren't sure if it has a rocky surface or one that's buried beneath thick layers of gas and ice. One thing is certain though: at eight time the Earth's mass, its gravitational pull is much, much stronger

Twice as big in volume as the Earth, HD 40307g straddles the line between “Super-Earth” and “mini-Neptune” and scientists aren’t sure if it has a rocky surface or one that’s buried beneath thick layers of gas and ice. One thing is certain though: at eight time the Earth’s mass, its gravitational pull is much, much stronger

PlanetQuest has identified 1804 confirmed planets outside our solar system, and another 3199 deep space objects that are candidates for planethood, for a grand total of 5003 exo-planets! That makes vacation planning hard, you must agree.

To make it even harder, I’ve created posters for some of my own science fictional vacation destinations.

Visit Beautiful Farflung Space Station, the setting for
The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station

Travel-Guardian Angel

Farflung Space Station marks the limits of Civ Space. It is the gateway to the frontier worlds inhabited by the Free Folk, who have been known to engage in space piracy from time to time.

theguardianangeloffarflungstation--thumbnailBecause spaced stations seems so cutting edge to us, we forget that they, too, will grow old. Farflung Space Station is one such old station. For three hundred years, the orbiting city serves as the cargo transfer point for Planet Crassin. Incoming ships transfer goods to planetary shuttles, and vice versa. Human colonies spread beyond Crassin, which is good for the economy. Farflung Station booms.

Until, that is, space pirates set up shop on the frontier worlds and raid shipping without mercy. Farflung’s business plummets. Minor repairs don’t get done. Renovations and upgrades stop. Half the station is shut down.

But although Farflung Space Station is old and decrepit, it’s Sandrina’s home. She knows so many of Farflung’s forgotten secrets that, although nobody knows it yet, she’s the most powerful–and dangerous–person on the station.

They’re about to find out.

Learn more about The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station

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 Check back in a day or two for the next travel poster.

On which planet would you like to vacation? Drop me a line or a comment and I’ll see if I can arrange passage. For a price, of course.  🙂

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