Poster Boys (and Girls)
Astronauts show a lighter side in their unofficial crew posters.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, July 08, 2011
Courtesy Sean Collins, Robert Markowitz (photographer), and NASA.
STS-132 commander Ken Ham came up with the concept for his crew’s poster. (Click here for a larger, high-resolution version.) “He had some friends out at Minute Maid Park [in Houston],” recalls Collins. “The Astros people were really helpful, and gave us full run of the park. It was our first off-site photo shoot.” Collins filled the stands with family, co-workers, and the crew's support teams. He remembers the day of the photo shoot as stormy; not enough people showed up to populate the stands, so he had to Photoshop in additional crowd members later. “Some real Astros were there,” he says, “and the mascot was there in costume. He also came in ahead of time, so we took a picture of him in regular clothes. He’s in the photo as the mascot, and as himself, sitting right next to him.” The crew is shown in the dugout, and at the top of the poster as baseball cards. Note that Piers Sellers holds a cricket bat, in a nod to his British heritage. You can see graphic designer Sean Collins (black sweater, beard) in the middle of the stands.
Shown in the dugout, left to right: Piers Sellers, Michael Good, Ken Ham, Garrett Reisman, Steve Bowen, and Tony Antonelli.