WE LAUNCHED OUR original Constellation Explorer star chart over four years ago to coincide with the date Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon, so it gives us great pleasure to introduce our latest print — Compass to the Northern Sky: Moon Landing Edition — using the same typography that NASA chose for the Apollo moon mission plaques.
If you’ve never heard about these plaques, a brief history: NASA commemorated each mission to the moon with a metal plaque that the Apollo astronauts left behind on the lunar surface. The plaques included a brief inscription; on some missions, the number of the mission; the names of the crew members and the signature of the president of the time of the landings, Richard Nixon, all typeset in Futura regular or condensed.
We can only guess why NASA chose Futura for the type, but we’d like to think it was due to its clean and modern geometry while also feeling friendly.
In addition to all new type, the Moon Landing Edition features a handsomely redesigned dial inspired by luxury men’s watches of the era. We’ve also expanded the “how to use” instructions just in case you don’t have a PhD in Cosmology from Cambridge (hat tip to you Dr. Stephen Hawking, naturally) on making sense of the chart. And not to worry in the new edition: all 48 constellations commonly visible in the Northern Hemisphere night sky are still featured, just like its predecessor.
We think this new edition possesses that special combination of both looks and brains — it’s as functional as a map as it is beautiful.
We’re able to ship these framed pieces to any address in the Continental USA, with complimentary shipping — yes free shipping! — included. Framing takes 2 to 3 weeks from the date of your order.
It’s our hope that these constellation prints become a prized and cherished addition to your home or office, that they continue to generate a sense of wonder and awe for many years to come, and they become an heirloom that you pass down to your family. They’re as timeless as the universe itself.