Infographic on the history of space launches

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10 Responses to “Infographic on the history of space launches”

  1. Erik Gilson says:

    Do you take the total width or half the total width of the bars? Or is this one of those “compare the relative sizes and not the actual values” infographs?

    Looks like someone took an infograph and loaded it up into 8-bit mode.

  2. l e says:

    weren’t alot of those government launches essentially military?

    • Erik Gilson says:

      Government probably includes things like scientific research satellites and weather mapping stuff. Plus you have to think of all the systems like the ISS, MIR and others.
      Though i’m sure they put the GPS system under military because that was the first use of the system. 

      • Lobster says:

        Kind of like how the US nuclear arsenal is part of the Department of Energy.  You know, just in case we ever need a TON of power concentrated in one spot, very quickly.

  3. Lobster says:

    I’m in space.

  4. flarktobble says:

    Bermuda has more launches (17) than South Korea (12).  Surely that’s more about geography than anything else, but it still made me laugh.

  5. Brainspore says:

    The first thing I noticed was that Soviet data set is shaped vaguely like a Soyuz capsule and America’s is shaped like a Space Shuttle. Sorta. If you squint.

    COINCIDENCE???

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