NASA Mashups

Enterprise (2012) by Doug Pedersen

Before we can boldly go where no one has gone before, we need a plan ... and blueprints! That's where illustrator Doug Pedersen come in. The Minneapolis, Minnesota, based artist has created a sci-fi inspired series of mashups of popular pop culture vehicles with real ones from NASA's space program. Behold, NASA Mashups.


The first in Pedersen's NASA Mashup series, titled "Challenger," was inspired by reading Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Space Chronicles as well as his general love of all things NASA.

Viking Probe

Pedersen's sense of humor shines through in his description of the Viking Probe:


  • Map Martian surface
  • Search for evidence of water
  • Analyze soil and rock samples
  • Conquer
  • Burn
  • Pillage


  • Soil data, high resolution images and songs of victory and conquest carried via radio signal
  • Mission Results:
  • Subjugated and enslaved all microbial lifeforms
  • Claimed 89,500,000 square [...] of Mars in the name of Odin

Liberty Bell 7


  • Study mankind's capabilities within space environment
  • Symbolize freedom
  • Let world know when supper is being served


  • Thrusters
  • Pitch
  • Yaw
  • Explosive escape hatch
  • Bell


  • Titanium alloy, fiberglass, copper, American elm

Pioneer 10

Mission Objectives:

  • Study outer planets
  • Measure cosmic rays
  • Get out of the funk
  • Search for signs of intelligent nightlife

On Board Equipments:

  • Helium Vector magnetometer
  • Cosmic Ray Telescope
  • Autoreverse Cassette Deck

106" Woofer

  • Power Source: 18,000 D Batteries

Don't miss the disco dancin' man and woman on the Pioneer 10 plaque!


Not your usual space craft - it's currently residing 10,000 feet below sea level.

Defense Equipment:

  • Zero Gravity Catapult
  • Laser Guided Crossbows
  • Suborbital Trident
  • Barnacle Encrusted Heat Shield

Propulsion Systems:

  • Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines
  • 80 Galley Rowing Slaves

Initial Launch Date:

  • 12,000 BC

Crew Members:

  • Commander
  • Pilot
  • 16 Archers
  • 8 Catapult Operators

View more over at Pedersen's official website and Flickr page.

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