Poster : All The Rockets of The World to Scale


The above graphic,Inspired by a book and poster from 1995, titled “Rockets of the World,” graphic artist Tyler Skrabek has provided a new and updated “clean” look for his latest work.

“The ‘Rockets of the World’ poster emulates a 1960 style of drawing,” he said, “employing a consistent pallet across all rockets allowing for a distraction-free look at the size and power of the world’s greatest machines.”

Skrabek told Universe Today that he’s been working on this poster for 3 months, but he’s had the idea of creating it since 2012.


Rockets of Human Spaceflight. Credit and copyright: Tyler Skrabek.

As Nancy Atkinson reports on Universe Today, Skrabek first started thinking about the project in 2012, and spent three months creating it.

“I find it fascinating that we as a society have the power to take a person, put that person inside a metal box on top of a cylinder filled with explosives and explore space,” Skrabek wrote on his website.

“As an active member in space circles, I realised there was a lack of infographics that did a reasonable job of portraying comparisons between the various types of spacecraft while being visually appealing. I decided to research and develop a series of infographics to better explain this to the everyday person.”

Of course, the illustration doesn't show all of humanity's rockets. “Just to keep things tidy I choose not to include rockets that haven’t flown yet on the off-chance they don’t actually make it off the ground,” Skrabek wrote on reddit. “But rest assured there will be a version that includes the Falcon 9 Heavy as soon as it does.”

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