posted on Oct, 22 2009 @ 12:21 PM
Our fascination with the Red Planet has gone back a long ways.
Our failed attempts over the past 50 years have only turned our fascination into a near obsession. We have begun a new race to the Red Planet, just as
we once had to the Moon.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, then a picture with a 3D Bar-Graph in HD must be worth even more:
Our success rate getting to Mars is definitely improving, but we still have a long ways to go. Out of 42 missions, only 20 have succeeded, granted 14
of those failures were early Soviet attempts, but, only eight of the 42 were actually programmed to land on Mars, which is theoretically the difficult
This is one of the better graphs I've seen in a long time. If more data were presented in this fashion, especially to those in Congress who decide
whether Space Exploration is worth the expenditure, I think we might see them singing a different tune.
Credit for the graphic should be given to Brian Christie Design
whose graphics you commonly see in the
likes of BBC Focus, Bloomberg Markets, Business Week, Fortune, MIT Technology Review, National Geographic, New Scientist, Newsweek, NYSE Magazine,
Popular Science, Scientific American, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and WIRED.