ANOTHER NOTE: The rewards have gotten crazy with all the stretch goals. Contact us direct if you have any questions.
NOTE: All backers — no matter what the original reward text reads — will be able to choose between any of the designs declared by the end of this campaign. So even though it might say “VOYAGER or any one of the planned designs” that now includes Voyager, Cassini, Curiosity, the Mars Exploration Rovers and Sputnik. The digital downloads will also include all designs.
FEELING GOOD ABOUT THIS GOAL: 34K
We will design and print a poster celebrating The Planetary Society itself and donate 300 copies to them for sale on their own site to help support the institution and their goals.
STRETCH GOAL MET FOR POSTER #4:
We have crossed the 22K line and that means that there will be a poster #4 for The Mars Exploration Rovers; Opportunity and Spirit. Chosen by the users of planetary.org in poll conducted in October. We expect that design to be completed after the campaign has ended, target date November 15.
STRETCH GOAL MET FORPOSTER #5:
We have crossed the 28K line and that means that there will be a poster #5 for Sputnik. Chosen by the users of planetary.org in poll conducted in October. We expect that design to be completed after the campaign has ended, target date November 18.
The Chop Shop is excited to launch our second Kickstarter, the first of which was completed last November. For those of you unfamiliar with that campaign, we successfully funded an illustrated map populated with the locations of 136 of the most popular sci-fi and fantasy events to ever take place in the Altered States of America.
After delving deep into the world of fantasy and fiction we are now setting our sights much higher… deep space exploration. Having already launched our own line of space-themed t-shirts including Beyond Earth, Above Earth and You are the Sun — we are happy to have confirm that real robot themed designs seem to be just as popular as fictional robot designs.
50+ YEARS OF ROBOTIC SPACE PROBES
With the recently completed airing of the new Cosmos series, a new high-tech rover on Mars, Europeans landing on a comet in November and New Horizons on it’s way to Pluto in 2015 — the public is excited again about deep space exploration. Additionally, the age of the internet has made data from various past missions easily accessible to the masses. From all corners of the globe, amateur imagers are re-working old data sets with the power of modern computing and generating new looks at faraway places without ever having to leave the ground.
Each of these missions represent the best of what human intellect can achieve and can also provide a nostalgic sense of pride. To many, Voyager was a big part living through the '80s with it’s tour of the outer solar system and Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos series. In the ’90s Galileo treated us to a thrilling tour of Jupiter and it’s exotic moons. Then Y2K served up Cassini at Saturn and two particularly robust rovers on Mars with two out of the three operating to this day.
We have noticed over the last few years, that there have been some beautiful poster series by various designers covering themes such as Earth science, manned space missions, the planets and astronomy. However, designs that focused specifically on any particular robotic planetary missions seemed to be almost non-existent. When you do find something — the designs are generally data-driven. The likes of which might be expected gracing the walls of a high school science lab, but not hanging prominently in one’s own living room. Well we want to change that and here is how we propose doing it.
We are proposing a series of posters based on three different historic robotic spacecraft programs. Each poster will be screen-printed in a minimum of three colors by Vahalla Studios who beautifully executed our previously mentioned Kickstarter project from last year.
How were the missions selected? First, we wanted to find out what missions are favorites among an audience that is passionate about space exploration. So on October 19th, The Planetary Society completed a simple poll on their website. The poll put to users what their three favorite robotic spacecraft missions were from Sputnik to Curiosity. This poll ran it’s course for two weeks and we now have the results which have determined what missions will be the subjects of the full series.
Poster #1: The Voyager Program (2nd below)
- Poster #2: Cassini / Huygens (1st below)
- Poster #3: Mars Science Lab (seen at top)
As of this date, all three posters are complete. Originally we established the look and design approach we were proposing for the whole series by designing a poster for the Voyager missions which we knew would wind up being in the top three of the survey results. We later added Cassini’s design on October 21, and then Curiosity on October 31.
We consider this campaign to have four phases. Phase 1 ran for two weeks and polled for the most popular missions according to planetary.com users.
PHASE 2 We published the poll results and announced the three missions that will comprise the series.
PHASE 3All three design options are made public.
PHASE 4Is where we are now. Hoping to reach the stretch goals.
MEMBERSHIP TO THE PLANETARY SOCIETY
The Planetary Society was founded in 1980 by by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman. The group is an advocate for funding and for missions of exploration from within NASA. In it’s many years it has been responsible for some well-known initiatives such as SETI, making rover-based exploration the standard for ongoing Mars missions and was instrumental in getting Pluto to be the first target of NASA’s New Horizons type missions. We are offering on several reward levels an opportunity for backers to also become Members of The Planetary Society at a special rate of 50% the usual cost (normally $36, but available to backers for only $18). Membership to TPS includes a subscription to their quarterly magazine, The Planetary Report, and you will receive special opportunities and invitations to participate more in community activities and Citizen Science projects.
We have also decided to include a complimentary copy of our Beyond Earth letterpress print to the first 30 backers who choose from the membership included rewards.
YOU ARE THE SUN T-SHIRT Displays the new solar system on your chest, featuring Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”, Pluto lost among the Kuiper Belt, all the major moons and your head as a stand in for the sun. These will be made available in styles for Men and Women and screen-printed on American Apparel brand t-shirts. See more at chopshopstore.com.
ABOVE EARTH T-SHIRT Featuring 23 historic missions that explored near-Earth space both manned, unmanned and sometimes monkeyed or dogged. The missions are spirally arranged in chronological order starting with Sputnik (the first man-made object to be set in Earth orbit) to Space-X’s Eagle module. These will be made available in styles for Men and Women and screen-printed on American Apparel brand t-shirts. See more at chopshopstore.com.
BEYOND EARTH T-SHIRT (please note: this was accidentally called “Above Earth” in two of the rewards so we marked those as sold out) Featuring 23 historic missions of various nations that traveled beyond Earth orbit to explore our solar system. The missions are also loosely arranged according to their some of their most notable destinations. The design includes some of the earliest missions such as the Soviet Union’s Venera 7 which was the first probe to soft-land on the surface of another planet to one of the newest members of the Martian community of surface dwellers, Curiosity. These will be made available in styles for Men and Women and screen-printed on American Apparel brand t-shirts. See more at chopshopstore.com.
BEYOND EARTH LETTERPRESS PRINT (please note: this was accidentally called “Above Earth” in one of the rewards and we can no longer fix that error) An impressive large-scale print with the same design as noted above with the exception of featuring the Sojourner Mars Rover instead of Curiosity (printed before it’s successful landing). Print is two color grey inks infused with a metallic silver on a black sheet of 19" x 25" French, Speckltone 80lb paper. See chopshopstore.com for more.
We would in particular like to thank The Planetary Society for their involvement in this project. I myself joined the society at age 12 — soon after reading Cosmos from cover to cover. So I am honored to have the Society assisting or campaign in the way it has.
Also, a specific shout out to Mat Kaplan and Planetary Radio for coming up with the idea to crowd-source the most popular missions in the first place.
And thanks to you for considering our project. I hope we will be sending you a print or two or three in December.
Risks and challenges
The one thing out-of-our-hands is the printing turn-around. We are contracting a very professional outside agency which we worked with on our previous campaign. We will be subject to their production times and schedule but do not expect that to be an issue.
We do expect delivery in December, but there is some possibility that unseen forces could result in screen prints not being shipped and arriving by December 23rd.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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