You need to upgrade your Flash Player The theme of this blog is not only and obviously space, but in particular “terrestrial worlds”, places that tend to have surfaces on which one could walk or at least attach oneself to. These places sometimes also have other earth-like familiar features such as atmospheres, weather, volcanos, geysers and perhaps, we are finding, even exotic oceans, rivers or lakes that are not necessarily made of familiar materials we are used to here at home. The second theme is imagery. Occasionally I do some retouching of images when needed if an image is incomplete or sometimes “dirty” or noisy. I will attempt to correct image shortcomings based upon other images or well-accepted presumed attributes. When this is done, notes will be offered as to what was added, why and sometimes how it was done. This way no one should ever wonder if something they are looking at is real or photoshop.

50 Years of Space Exploration Map

This is so nice, but I am furious that I didn’t get to design this. This is Information design at it’s best naturally by National Geographic. You can see 50 years of robotic planetary exploration at a glance. It even includes failed missions represented by darker desaturated lines. As far as I can tell the cream colored lines are US and the red ones are Soviet. Interesting to see how many of those lines go dark around Mars.

Now where does one purchase such a thing? Perhaps this month’s issue of NG? Here is the link to it on their site complete with zoom viewer and them some kind samaritan posted a hires version to flickr.

5 Responses to “50 Years of Space Exploration Map”

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  2. Ormus.info Says:

    50 Jahre Erkundung des Weltalls…

    Diese 50 Jahre sind schon eine lange Zeit und inzwischen sind diverse bemannte und unbemannte Missionen auch schon weit rumgekommen im Weltall. National Geographic hat für den besseren Überblick eine sehr schöne Map Karte parat: (Bild: CC via Fl…

  3. J. Major Says:

    This is really cool. Not only accurate and scientific but also beautifully designed. If only the real solar system were so nicely illustrated.

  4. Dave Says:

    Perhaps it can be ordered directly from the National Geographic. It’s not current (at least a year old). I remember this was the last entry in their map of the day series.

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/map/map-day/2008/09/18

  5. Woodworking Book Says:

    Wow, very cool. I would like a blown up version of this on my wall for sure!

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