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(Courtesy Sean Collins, Robert Markowitz (photographer) and NASA)

Poster Boys (and Girls)

Astronauts show a lighter side in their unofficial crew posters

Tron: Expedition 29

(Courtesy Sean Collins, Robert Markowitz (photographer), and NASA)

Expedition 29 is scheduled to head to the International Space Station in September 2011, launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Collins used an international version of the movie poster of the film Tron: Legacy for this parody. From left to right: Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Mike Fossum, Dan Burbank, and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov.

What's next for Collins? He's already thinking about a parody for Expedition 30, scheduled to head for the ISS in December. He's going to use the 2011 film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and title the parody "Pilots Over the Caribbean." "Oh, yeah," he says, "I'm going to get in there and 'pirate-ize' them. Get ready for eyeliner and pits."

Want more? Here are all the crew posters produced by the artists and photographers of NASA’s Space Flight Awareness division.

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