An Interactive Infographic of Historic Space Missions

“Earth is the cradle of Humanity, but one cannot remain in the cradle forever.”

-Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky

People have been captivated by space travel for generations.

The first true mission to space happened nearly 60 years ago. On October 4, 1957 Russia launched the first man made satellite, Sputnik, into orbit using a rocket originally designed as a ballistic missile. The space race began and soon humans were traveling to space. Since then men have landed on the moon, rovers have landed on mars, and the Voyager 1 space probe has left our solar system. This infographic provides an overview of just some of the many space missions that have occured since Sputnik first went into orbit.

  • All
  • Type
  • Distance
  • Cost

Each circle represents a specific mission to space. Click the categories above to sort the circles.

The circles are color coded based on the country that perfomed the mission.

The size of each circle is based on the number of crew members on the mission.

The Missions