50 Years Of Space Exploration Explained In One Visualization

Space exploration has always fascinated me. That’s probably why I have been closely following the latest trip to Mars and explored how the whole thing actually happened. It also made me hopeful that we can someday achieve Star Trek-esque light-speed travel so we can actually explore the universe as it continues to expand. Until then, I’m left to dream.

In the whole history of space exploration, I’ve never seen something like this visualization (below). It’s a look back at the past 50 years of space exploration… visualized in one single image. It’s incredibly detailed so you’re going to have to click on the image and then zoom in, pan around, etc.

Great for printing out and putting up in the classroom, sharing as part of a Learnist board, and more!

50 Years of Space Exploration was created by Sean McNaughton and Samuel Velasco for National Geographic.


  1. Bill

    August 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

    So where’s the source citation for this graphic?
    Is there a print version of the graphic?
    Is there any other related instructional material available?

  2. Violetta

    September 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Looks stunning.