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Back when the US was in a race against Russia to send the first humans out there, NASA actively toured schools to spread word about what it does. That traveling unit of NASA employees is called the Spacemobile, and the image above is one of its posters. Yup, this really was from the golden age of space travel and not part of the agency's vintage poster project. It was dated February 26th, 1965 to be exact, and it was used during the Spacemobile's tour of New Zealand, as co-sponsored by the country's Department of Education.

The National Archives placed this copy under a collection called "Propaganda Posters Distributed in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, ca. 1950 – ca. 1965." And the image, with its 1960s aesthetic, fits in perfectly, doesn't it? It has an Uncle Sam poster vibe to it, though it looks like it could also have been a movie banner or a book cover from that era.

[Image credit: The National Archives Catalog]

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