Great looking rocket posters
July 26, 2015 2:36 PM   Subscribe

I am looking for some great looking rocket posters for a child's bedroom. Fictional, real, whatever. Lots of little rockets, one big rocket, whatever you think looks great.
posted by shothotbot to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: This one's a gimme: XKCD Up-Goer Five.

Smithsonian Air & Space did a number of great "here's a collection of aircraft" pull-out posters throughout the 90s. I can't remember whether or not there was a rockets one, and I can't find them online, but I had them on my walls as an aviation-minded kid and loved them.

I know there was also at one point a poster (maybe sold at one of the NASA centers?) with most of the US rockets up through the 90s -- I didn't have it, but a guy I knew who'd gone to both Space Camp and Aviation Challenge did. I'll keep looking. The closest I can find is the posters section in the Space & Rocket Center Gift Shop, but it doesn't quite have what I want (though it has many other cool things).
posted by Alterscape at 2:46 PM on July 26, 2015 [2 favorites]

XKCD offers a poster version of of his comic "Up Goer Five," a blueprint-style sketch and description of the Saturn V rocket using only the most commonly used 1000 English words.

Edit: damn
posted by Sunburnt at 2:47 PM on July 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

If you can find them, some retro Epcot/Tomorrowland posters might be cool, like this one:

It might be harder now that there's apparently a movie coming out by the same name.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 2:50 PM on July 26, 2015

Many here, including travel posters for numerous real space destinations as well as fictional places from the Star Wars canon that are wonderful. You have to click the poster and then click the exposed link to purchase, but they're reasonably priced.

More retro rocket examples.
posted by carmicha at 2:50 PM on July 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

Best answer: This sort of poster, showing production rockets scaled to one another, might be good.
posted by Sunburnt at 2:50 PM on July 26, 2015 [4 favorites]

Sunburnt, that was more or less what I was looking for! Might have to get one of these for my mancave apartment.
posted by Alterscape at 2:57 PM on July 26, 2015

Hobby Space has a fairly complete list of space art resources.
posted by Sophont at 3:06 PM on July 26, 2015

Best answer: No collection of space art would be complete without some Chesley Bonestell. There's plenty of rocket imagery and all of it is so cool.
posted by phunniemee at 3:18 PM on July 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

I remember one of the local store had like a 45 inch high vertical wall scroll of the rocket from Tintin: Objectif Lune taking off. It was gorgeous.

Googlefu-ing returns this, which sounds about right.
posted by lmfsilva at 3:31 PM on July 26, 2015 [2 favorites]

I have a copy of Kevin Tong's Apollo 11 poster, copies of which pop up on Ebay. He has other editions with great space ships as well. You might also scroll through Concept Ships if you want more of an artistic take. So many rockets! I really like Manchu although some of them are more like alien spacescapes with rockets than just rockets, and you can buy prints here.
posted by jetlagaddict at 4:26 PM on July 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

I have Space Missiles and I can endorse it (although I don't remember it being so expensive).
posted by thelonius at 5:13 PM on July 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

No rockets exactly, but I've always thought this scale representation of pretty much every fictional spaceship was interesting.

It can be downloaded and printed by your local print shop at minimal cost.
posted by builderofscience at 5:35 PM on July 26, 2015

Seconding the Space Missiles poster thelonius mentioned above, and I don't remember it being that crazy expensive either. A fave of mine from childhood was the NASA Facts Saturn V poster.
posted by Rob Rockets at 7:29 PM on July 26, 2015

Not exactly rockets, per se, but you can't forget about SpaceX
posted by rhizome at 7:47 PM on July 26, 2015

Best answer: If we're not-exactly-rocketsing, then perhaps you'd care to mix in some of the robotic spacecraft posters from this already-been-funded kickstarter, associated with the Planetary Society.

In a similar vein, Ariel Waldman's space probe art is also available in duvet cover and throw pillow form, for the complete space-themed bedroom.
posted by mumkin at 11:15 PM on July 26, 2015 [2 favorites]

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