Category: Space

Mars Rovers Comparison

Within the next hour, NASA’s largest Mars rover ever is set to land on the red planet. Known as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) or “Curiosity”, here’s how it compares to previous rovers:

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Missions to the Moon

Two charts showing every mission to the moon. The first one covers the 1950’s and 60’s and the second one the 1970’s to today.

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The Planets to Scale

If a single pixel on your screen equalled about 300 km, the eight planets (sorry Pluto!) would look something like this.

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Here’s another chart comparing the size of all major solar system objects. I’ve turned it on its side so that it fits better on the page…

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Every Shuttle Mission

A color-coded, graphical representation of every shuttle mission from 1981 to 2011.

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Spacecraft Size Comparison




Earlier, I posted a chart comparing famous sci-fi spaceships. These three compare the size of actual spacecraft, including those currently in use and those being developed.

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All Known Planets

Prior to 1992, the only planets we knew of for certain were the nine (now eight) in our own solar system. However, in recent years, we have discovered many circling other stars. In fact, as of June 2012, we know of 778 extra-solar planets (+8 of our own = 786 total). Here they all are, shown to scale.

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Apollo 11 Landing Site

The Apollo 11 landing site and the area explored by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin was no larger than a football field. Click for a better view:

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TV Signals in Space

If you saw the movie Contact, you’ll know that radio and TV signals are leaking out into space. So what are all the aliens out there watching? Click for a better view:

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Missions to Mars

Three very similar charts, showing every space mission to Mars, successful and unsuccessful, from 1960 to the future. Each includes fly-by’s, orbiters, landers, and rovers…

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