The whole “race to space” deal started back in 1957 when the commis over in the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into space.
A couple of years later, the U.S. caught up to the Soviet Unions’ antics and launched their own satellite, Explorer 1 (such an original name). A few years later, in 1961, another space feat was achieved in space exploration – Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth.
Eight years later, U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong made history as he took a “giant step for mankind.” Many folks might not know, but the road to space exploration has been a long and crazy one. And the journey, by no means, is over yet.
The folks over at Pop Chart Lab made a poster which documents every major space mission starting from the Luna 2 in 1959 to the DSCOVR in 2015. The map traces the trajectories of every single orbiter, lander, and rover that ever left the our planet’s orbit and successfully completed it’s mission.
For a larger, zoomed in version of the map, GO HERE.
Map Monday is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. On a Monday. Semi-regularly.