Space Horizons

TESS - NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite by Katarina Eriksson


Artist Statement

TESS - NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will be scanning for new planets outside of our solar system, ranging from Earth-sized ones to gas giants, monitoring 200 000 stars during a two year mission. When a planet passes in front of its star there's a small dip in the star's measured brightness, which the spacecraft will detect. TESS is scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket in April 2018. This reimagined "mission patch" shows a stylised planetary transit in front a star disk, and the corresponding measured dip in light intensity. I have been intrigued by astrobiology since I took a course in the subject at Lund University in 2003. Since then a lot has happened in the field. Finding new exoplanets means finding new possible worlds that could harbour life. - Katarina Eriksson

Katarina Eriksson is a Swedish graphic designer and architect with a long-time interest in space and science. She runs her own design company out of Lund, Sweden but works with the world.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.


Space Horizons is a new collection of mission patch designs for your favorite past, present and future missions to help engage a new generation in the excitement of extending humanity’s reach beyond Earth. Proceeds support Space Horizons, an innovative non profit that promotes interest in STEM education for minority and female students in underserved communities.

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