Let’s face it: with the topsy-turvy political climate, many of us probably dream of jetting off to a land far, far away. And, with the recent discovery of seven Earth-sized planets—some of which may be inhabitable—the feeling of intergalactic wanderlust is at an all-time high. Called TRAPPIST-1, the “sister solar system” is a mere 39 light-years away, and three of the planets could contain alien life if they have Earth-like atmospheres. Knowing that this incredible finding is the perfect fodder for those who envision exploring the galaxy, NASA went all-out on marking the occasion. They created a whole website dedicated to TRAPPIST-1, including space travel posters.
The TRAPPIST-1-inspired works were created by NASA and Amanda J. Smith. Like NASA’s previous retro posters, the most striking image of the series paints a colorful picture of what it’d be like to venture to the solar system. Cloaked in a gradient of supple reds, purples, and blues, it features a silhouetted family observing the landscape via a train window. Their excitement is palpable, and coupled with tagline “Voted best ‘Hab Zone’ Vacation,” it makes us wish this poster was real.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.