Monday, October 12, 2009

Mapping 50 Years of Missions


My god, it's full of stars! National Geographic and 5W Infographics teamed up to create a stunning, stylized representation of all the space missions in our solar system and (thanks to Voyager 1 now) beyond!

Obviously our moon has the most crowded set of return tracks, with Venus a distant second and Mars third. We've only been to Mercury twice, really??

50 Years of Space Missions

Very little is to scale here, and even less indicates accurate distance, but that doesn't lessen the impact of the artwork and the timelines in any way. In fact, this is one of the best mission maps ever developed!

You can use the small navigator box at the top right to "scan & pan"... and this afternoon, FARK featured someone who created a clickable archived version where you can see the entire graphic ... happy clicking!