The Answer is Expedition 42

Article Updated: 23 Dec , 2015
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Don’t panic! NASA has been creating some great posters for their missions and Expedition crews to the International Space Stations, and this newest one will warm the heart of any Douglas Adams fan. As we all know, 42 is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. Right now, the first half of the Expedition 42 crew has a targeted launch date of Nov. 23, 2014.

Featuring (from left to right):

Terry Virts and Anton Shkaplerov as Zaphod Beeblebrox
Aleksandr Samokutyayev as Humma Kavula
Barry “Butch” Wilmore as Arthur Dent
Elena Serova as Ford Prefect
Samantha Cristoforetti as Trillian

Guest star: Robonaut, as Marvin the Paranoid Android

Samantha Cristoforetti posted this image on her Flickr page and said the family of Douglas Adams gave the crew permission to do the photo-shoot for this poster, and added that the Point-of-View gun is not Photoshopped, but a real creation.

You can find out more about Expedition 42 here.

Find all the crew posters at the NASA Spaceflight Awareness product page. And try not to download too many! They’re all great.

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1 Response

  1. robst247 says:

    LOL! Fantastic poster – head and shoulders above the rest! Isn’t it wonderful that Russian and American space travellers can come together in a spirit of scientific curiosity, technical excellence, and especially friendship and humour at a time when their two mighty nations’ political and military apparata are becoming increasingly – even potentially violently – DEADlocked in conflict.
    In space there are no borders; space unites humankind.
    May friendship and humour reign in Earth as in space – the perfect antidote to banal, meaningless, retrograde hostility.

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