In a tradition dating back to the space shuttle era, NASA has created mock movie posters to promote its missions. Previous posters have included Reservoir Dogs and Pirates of the Caribbean. But, for ISS Expedition 42 — the answer to life, the universe and everything — there could only be one choice.

Flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti unveiled the poster on Google+:


I am incredibly excited to share with you the Expedition 42 poster! If you like it half as much as I do, it will still be your favorite expedition poster ever.

Enjoy, don't panic and always know where your towel is!

Featured in the poster, from left to right:


  • Terry Virts and Anton Shkaplerov as Zaphod Beeblebrox
  • Aleksandr Samokutyayev as Humma Kavula
  • Barry "Butch" Wilmore as Arthur Dent
  • Elena Serova as Ford Prefect
  • Samantha Cristoforetti as Trillian
  • Guest star: Robonaut, as Marvin the Paranoid Android