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Paul Pless
04-25-2016, 06:34 AM
When I was a kid this poster surely would've hung on my wall.



documents every exploratory endeavor into space spanning Luna 2 in 1959 to DSCOVR in 2015. The elegantly dense chart not only depicts the flight paths and orbits around planets, moons, comets, and asteroids, but also takes pains to illustrate some 100 exploratory instruments

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/chart-1.jpg

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/chart-2.jpg

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/chart-3.jpg

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/chart-4.jpg

Garret
04-25-2016, 07:10 AM
Guess I'm still a kid... Dooya know where one can get this?

Paul Pless
04-25-2016, 07:13 AM
https://www.popchartlab.com/products/the-chart-of-cosmic-exploration

Garret
04-25-2016, 07:48 AM
Thanks! Not cheap...

Gerarddm
04-25-2016, 09:35 AM
If they included where the Voyagers are now in scale, the chart would either be much larger, or the type much smaller.

ron ll
04-25-2016, 11:03 AM
If they included where the Voyagers are now in scale, the chart would either be much larger, or the type much smaller.

And it's mislabeled. It is not a cosmic chart but a solar system chart. (Still, a helluva neat chart.) What is really amazing is to see the slingshot effects.

When I was a kid, NONE of those tracks existed.

Paul Pless
04-25-2016, 11:09 AM
And it's mislabeled. It is not a cosmic chart but a solar system chart. i wondered that too, but decided that 'cosmic' is the right term as some of these probes have indeed left the solar system or are intended too, and some of the probes are intended to broaden our view of the cosmos, not just the solar system. . .

ron ll
04-25-2016, 11:31 AM
i wondered that too, but decided that 'cosmic' is the right term as some of these probes have indeed left the solar system or are intended too, and some of the probes are intended to broaden our view of the cosmos, not just the solar system. . .

Okay. I'll buy that. :)

I really wish some of you could experience the Oculus Rift solar system exploration app that I have. There is a lot of corny game crap with VR, but some of it like this, is really incredible. You are in your own private space ship and can travel at near light speeds and go to any of these bodies which are modeled to scale with actual photos made from the explorers shown on this chart. The sense of scale and layout of the solar system become very real. I would post a video, but that just doesn't get it.

Paul Pless
04-25-2016, 11:41 AM
when you posted about that a few days ago i was a bit envious

ron ll
04-25-2016, 11:53 AM
when you posted about that a few days ago i was a bit envious

Consumer versions of Rift and Vive are now available. If you wouldn't have spent so much on a kitchen stove you could have one. :D

TomF
04-25-2016, 11:58 AM
cool stuff - thanks Paul.

Jim Mahan
04-25-2016, 12:10 PM
If they included where the Voyagers are now in scale, the chart would either be much larger, or the type much smaller.

Of course, the chart in the op is scale free, except for the relative sizes of the objects.

I remember my geology prof taking us outside to demonstrate the scale of the solar system. There was a sun about the size of a basketball, fifty feet or so away was a much smaller orb, down the sidewalk a hundred yards was another, and so on across the campus, and lastly he told us that Pluto would be downtown about five miles away. [Don't hold me to those proportions; it was a while ago, still the concept of vastly huger than imagination is likely to achieve, is the point.]

Keith Wilson
04-25-2016, 12:15 PM
Of course, the chart in the op is scale free, except for the relative sizes of the objects. And if we include the distance to even the nearest stars, we've actually sent physical objects only very slightly beyond the end of our noses. We can look out a lot farther, of course.

CWSmith
04-25-2016, 12:38 PM
If they included where the Voyagers are now in scale, the chart would either be much larger, or the type much smaller.

As is, it's not to scale.