Research compiled by the Institute for the Advancement of Research in Education showed that giving information to students graphically increased comprehension and retention in students with and without learning disabilities. This, in addition to considering myself to be a visual learner, one of my favorite ways to lay out data is through infographics. These were complied using public data and you are free to use them in the classroom, for homeschooling, or for you own personal enjoyment. If you do use them, please let me know, I'd love to hear about it! And please give credit to SWMC when they are used, as it took a lot of time to design and create them. These will be updated as needed and I hope to release more on a wider variety of topics in the future.
Timeline of Human Spaceflight
The spacecraft that carried man into space both past and present are just as important as the men and women inside of them. This infographic chronicles manned spaceflight programs throughout history, covering when the spacecraft first carried someone into space to when the program ended or it last carried someone into space. The research and development phases of the program is not included in the dates, and spacecraft that never carried people or aren't through the development stage - such as NASA's Orion spacecraft - are also not included. You can download the Timeline of Human Spaceflight infographic here.
space stations through the ages
From Salyut 1 - the first operational space station - to the International Space Station, living and working in space carries a rich and interesting history dating back farther than you probably thought. This infographic lays out a timeline of when space stations started to the ones still orbitting above us. It is important to note that the timeline only lists when the space stations were first manned to when they were last manned and not from when they were launched to when they de-orbited. An example of this is the Chinese Tiangong-1 space station, which de-orbited in 2018, but was only manned from 2012 to 2013. Space stations that were never manned - like Genesis I by Bigelow Aerospace - or never achieved orbit - like the Soviet Union's Salyut 2 - are also excluded. You can download the Space Stations Through the Ages infographic here.
ORBITS AROUND EARTH
It might be hard to tell by looking at the sky, but right now, there are over 170 million objects orbiting over head. Everything from satellites and space stations to orbital debris and things accidentally dropped by astronauts are above us and they all fall into orbits around Earth. Each orbit has different benefits for satellites to take advantage of during their time in space. You can download out Earth Orbits infographic here.