Space Launch

I collated launch images of every US-launched crewed mission that reached space. There are 170 in all - for now. Who will be the first to force me to revise this poster? SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Boeing, NASA? (As of 2021, SpaceX! I'm waiting until there's a whole row of launches before I redo the poster, though.)

The highest resolution original image (230 MB) is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike, the same as wikipedia - from which I derived much of the data. This means anyone can use or adapt it for any purpose, provided they attribute my work and license their work under the same terms.

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Here's the full-sized version with metadata! If you find an error or omission, be sure to let me know and I'll get it updated. I think it's 99% right.

Here's a blog on some of my process.

Coming eventually!

  • Russian version. Needs launch photos of Vostok 5, Soyuz 12, Soyuz 18a, Soyuz 22, Soyuz 23, Soyuz 34, and Soyuz T-14. Please let me know if you can find photos of any of these missions!

  • Chinese version. Only 6 crewed space launches so far, so this one is ideal for smaller spaces.