Scientific American — Missions to the moon

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Printed data visualisation illustrating every lunar mission — past, present and future.

July 2019 marked fifty years since astronauts first set foot on the moon. The success of Apollo 11, a mere 66 years after the Wright Brothers first flight, evidenced humankind’s technical ingenuity and determination like never before.

To commemorate this historic event, Set Reset partnered with seminal magazine Scientific American to create a data visualisation for a special feature on the topic.

Using data collected by space historian Robert Pearlman, this piece charts every lunar mission, documenting goals, successes and failures. The result is a rich, centre-spread visualisation encoding each attempt to reach the Moon and the major milestones achieved along the way.