Monday, October 12, 2009

MAP-- Every Space Mission of the Last 50 Years

National Geographic has plotted the route of every space mission carried out over the last 50 years onto a map of the solar system, giving a nice visual look at the history of space travel.

Each line represents a different space mission, highlighting notable missions, including those from different countries, those of historical significance, and those which have failed. (The map doesn't seem to make note of the recent LCROSS mission, where a rocket plowed into the moon to probe for water.)

Did you know there have been three more missions to Venus more than Mars (43 to 40)?

The map, at its full size, is enormous; way too big to fit in this post. Check out the whole map for yourself here.

[Link: Popular Science]

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