Since my last guest post here, there were a lot of events filled with infographics that could be the focus of this month’s mega-selection. The terrible earthquake in Japan and the nuclear threat that followed, the escalation of the military operations in Libya, Apple’s anniversary, the new chapters of the Browser Wars, and that’s just to mention a few.
However, despite so many possible subjects, I decided to dedicate today’s roundup to mankind’s ultimate frontier: Space. After all, it’s been already 50 years since the beginning of manned space exploration, so, it’s only fair we join the celebration with a selection of awesome visualizations and infographics, collected from all over the world!
Hope you enjoy!
A look back at half-century of achievements, and some thoughts on what the future looks like to NASA, facing some budget cuts for the past years. And nobody doubts that the future of space exploration goes trough NASA…
The first Hero
Yuri Gagarin was chosen with 19 other pilots for the Soviet space program, but he never thought that he’d become such an iconic figure in History. Some of the graphics made about him:
What it takes to be an astronaut
“When Igrow up, I wanna be an Astronaut”. This is a common phrase amongst kids, that gives away the tremendous fascination with the possibilities of space traveling.
A round up of rockets, probes and spacecrafts that marked the history of space exploration – and the junk we’re leaving behind!
The Space Shuttle
What can we say that hasn’t been said already, about the Space Shuttle. A true symbol of the ability to push technological boundaries to its limits, and also of the risks involved with space traveling.
For some, the beginning of Space colonization started with the International Space Station. Here are some infographics about this joint project between the five participant space agencies:
The early era of space exploration was driven by a “Space Race” between the Soviet Union and the United States; the launch of the first man-made object to orbit the Earth, the USSR’s Sputnik 1, on October 4, 1957, and the first Moon landing by the American Apollo 11 craft on July 20, 1969 are often taken as the boundaries for this initial period. But there were many others, worth remembering:
Reaching for the Moon
“Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind.” This is what the inscription left on the Moon, by the Apollo 11 crew, says. Some infographics about that astonishing mission:
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Next Stop: Mars
After the Moon, Mar was always on the top of the priorities for manned missions. Let’s take a look at some of the milestones of the road to conquer the Red Planet.
Like I said, there are literally hundreds of other resources available, and we will bring some more infographics about our solar system and the Universe soon, so fill free to leave your comments with further suggestions.