JPL Mission History
This graphical timeline shows the launch dates of the more than 100 missions that JPL has either managed or participated in since 1958 — and has planned through 2019. JPL is inviting members of the public to submit their own space and mission-themed visualizations as part of its newly-launched JPL Infographics website. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Are We Alone In The Universe?
umans have been looking for the answer to this question for centuries… and have likely been asking it for much, much longer. For there to be life outside Earth, of course, the right conditions would have to be in place, beginning with the right planet.
OMG SPACE is the thesis project of Margot Trudell, an OCAD student studying graphic design in Toronto, Canada. This website aims to illustrate the scale and the grandeur of our solar system, as well as illustrate through the use of infographics our work in the exploration of our solar system with various spacecraft.
Apollo 11 Rocket Engine Recovery Project Explained
Billionaire space enthusiast and entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, has announced an audacious plan to retrieve the five massive rocket engines used to launch NASA’s historic Apollo 11 mission to land the first men on the moon in 1969.
The five F-1 rocket engines were jettisoned along with the rest of the Saturn V moon rocket’s first stage after liftoff. For more than 40 years, they’ve sat on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. See how Bezos and his team plan to retrieve one, or possibly more, of the Apollo 11 rocket engines in this SPACE.com infographic.
A big Eye on the Sky
The 500-meter Aperture Spherical radio telescope (FAST) will take over as the biggest radio telescope in the world. The amazing thing about FAST is that is gigantic and still it’s able to move in angles and change its radius. Its being constructed in the beautiful valley of Guizhou in South China and will be completed in just over four years. The Telescope will be able to help scientists see the origin of the Universe, dark matter and look for extraterrestrial life.
Life Of a Byte
When you send an email accross the internet, it seems to reach the intended recipeient almost immediately. But, whats happening behind the scenes? The fact is, the actual information you think you send never really leaves your computer. Let’s follow the long, strange journey of a byte as it travels to its final destination.
The Ebola Virus
2011 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge
Informational Posters & Graphics - Honorable Mention
This illustration by Ivan Konstantinov and colleagues at the Russia-based group Visual Science is based on existing scientific information to depict the 3D structure of the Ebola virus, responsible for fatal outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever throughout much of Africa.
This virus, only 1400 nanometers in length, is no simple pathogen. His group previously patched together a similar 3D model of HIV. But Ebola is nearly 10 times larger, containing roughly 3 million lipids and protein molecules.
The poster provides a good look at how Ebola turns dangerous. Proteins coded by the virus’s own genome are shown here in maroon. They’re the pathogen’s Velcro, clinging to the surface of target cells and giving the virus access to their interior.
Anyone perusing this poster can clearly understand that the Ebola virion is a very complex supramolecular structure, with various polypeptides, lipids, and RNA genome included.