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.
Occasionally ideas are suggested by a crewmember. “Frank De Winne [of space station Expedition 21] said he wanted to take the pictures in ‘Star Trek’ shirts,” says Collins. While Collins got permission from Paramount Pictures to use the silhouette of the Enterprise in the background, he was unprepared for the Wrath of the Trekkies. “They said that particular Enterprise wouldn’t go with those suits,” he recalls. “They also said, ‘NASA’s got so much money, they could have gotten some non-cheesy suits.’ I had only red and yellow shirts, so I took two of them and colorized them blue—and then the Trekkies said it wasn’t the right color blue.” And while he went to the effort of downloading a “Star Trek” font, “it was a newer ‘Star Trek’ font used in the new movies, not the old ‘Star Trek’ series—as was pointed out to me by a Trekkie,” Collins sighs.
Going where no one has gone before, from left to right: European astronaut Frank De Winne, Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk, Russian cosmonauts Roman Romanenko and Maxim Suraev, Jeff Williams and Nicole Stott.