These Beautiful Posters Chart the Evolution of Space Exploration

Rendered by hand in breathtaking detail, these charts show the entirety of our species' 56 years beyond earth.

Space Chart Posters
Pop Chart Labs

Just like NASA's retro tourism series, a new set of prints from Pop Chart Lab offer to put a little art in space. These charts, with beautiful detail, rich color and top design, document the 56 years since humans first took to space, from Luna 2 in 1959 to last year's DSCOVR. And instead of the cold, clinical galactic maps we’re used to—all space rocks and spheres—these beautiful schematics show our species’ travels through space, with color-coded trajectories. Beneath the big illustrations is a chart that displays, in glorious detail, over 100 of the instruments NASA uses to get to space and to sustain life once there.

Underscoring all this warm humanity, every piece of Pop Chart Lab's design was drawn by hand. The 100-pound stock on which the art is printed is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, assuring we're not neglecting our home planet while salivating over others. The posters are 39x27 inches, and are available online at popchartlab.com for $38. Not bad for a comprehensive document of our time in space rendered in knee-shaking detail.

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