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Infographic of the Week: Fifty Years of Space Exploration

(by Brian Ferrario)

This week's Infographic of the Week from National Geographic (artist credit to Samuel Velasco) chronicles the nearly 200 solar, lunar, and interplanetary missions that have been attempted, starting with the first attempts to reach Mars (1960) and Venus (1961). Check out how many billions of miles Voyager 1 has traveled. National Geographic shares that,"as rocketry, navigation, and imaging have become ever more capable and reliable, the planets and many of their moons have been examined in detail. The New Horizons mission to Pluto is under way, as is the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. Others not yet launched, perhaps not yet dreamed, await."

Click on the infographic below, or here to see it in high-resolution.

Jul 20, 2012