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50 Years Of Space Exploration In One Handy Graphic

50 Years of Space Exploration (Image courtesy National Geographic)
By Andrew Liszewski

Created by Sean McNaughton and Samuel Velasco for National Geographic, this beautifully illustrated map includes the almost 200 missions to space from the past 50 years, showing which of our celestial neighbors we like to visit the most. The National Geographic website has an interactive version you can pan and zoom around on, but if you’d like to make yourself a nice little wallpaper you can find a full-sized version of it on Flickr.

50 Years of Space Exploration (Image courtesy National Geographic)

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  • Jessicat

    There should be posters made. I would love one in my bedroom. That is very beautifully done. I wish NASA would get more funding.

  • mcman

    Posters you say? Why I just saved it as my desktop background and I actually have a plotter here which could easily turn this into a poster. Then I could sell it to you. If you'll kindly send me $20.00 I'll be glad to convince you that you'll soon be getting a beautiful poster in the mail.

  • canadaguy

    The future of human space exploration looks bleak. After making great leaps 50 years ago, stagnation has taken over. No human has left Earth orbit in 37 years, and NASA's current unambitious goals look to be further delayed or scaled back.

    http://www.watchinghistory.com/2009/11/future-of-space-exploration.html

  • http://www.selfdestructivebastards.com/ Chris Lawrence

    The future of human space exploration looks bleak. After making great leaps 50 years ago, stagnation has taken over. No human has left Earth orbit in 37 years, and NASA's current unambitious goals look to be further delayed or scaled back.

    http://www.watchinghistory.com/2009/11/future-of-space-exploration.html