Friday, October 16, 2009

Amazing Space Exploration Picture

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2009-10/ever-wonder-what-every-space-mission-last-50-years-looks-one-map

This is just plain awesome. I have now made this picture my desktop image at home. :)

10 comments:

Joi said...

I love that picture! I keep hoping someone will make a large poster of it.

Norman Copeland said...

It's an interesting picture, but, as someone who is interested with the theory of panspermia, I believe the picture is lacking many really exciting facts!!!

Dima said...

Interesting to see how failed missions tend to be earlier in time (presented as closer to the planet), and I am surprised that Soviets didn't care to probe space beyond the asteroid belt.

NASA's Voyagers are green colored as ongoing missions?

And from now on when space exploration getting more and more multinational endeavor we need a color code for rest of the nations...

Douglas Mallette said...

Panspermia is not a fact yet Norman...be patient. lol

Douglas Mallette said...

Voyager...both...are still going and we're still collecting data.

I don't think there are enough colors to include every nation that would be able to participate in space ventures. lol.

Norman Copeland said...

Hello Dima, thanks for your contribution to the conversation, my immediate thought was that perhaps we will soon witness a technology expansion that our nations have been developing for longer missions!!!...

I'm not sure if the colour green was chosen for a reason, but, remembering NASA's accomplishments and mechnanism it might be useful to suggest that photosynthesis enhances all organics and most mass to be green coloured...

The significance could be the new exploration techniques envisaged and probably encompassing all scientific programmes.


Perhaps CERN or Fermi will soon be able to show us newer colour ranges from particles created in different regions of the universe because of specifically developed circumstances from specific stars.


That should give our conversationist's something to think about.

Canada Guy said...

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

Douglas Mallette said...

Canada Guy - Bleak...yes...if we rely on government to do the job. Not so bleak if we make space a commercial venture and let private enterprize and innovation assume control of the stars. :)

Canada Guy said...

Doug, I hope you're right, but people have been saying that for years (remember, Pan Am to the moon?) If spaceshipone is the best we can do, that's not so great.

But, maybe you're right and in 10 years they'll take off and surpass NASA. Here's hoping.

Douglas Mallette said...

Canada Guy - Before it was all talk and no action. Now we have SpaceX, Orbital, Masten, Armadillo, Virgin Galactic, etc. Those who were Orphans of Apollo are finally stepping up and making it happen, and those of us who are younger just don't accept that it can't be done. ;)