Follow the flights of human-made machines into outer space.
Spaceprob.es beautifully catalogs robotic spacecrafts, offering a portal to our galaxy’s far reaches as they’re traveling through it. Lovingly created by Ariel Waldman and Lisa Ballard, the site is a tribute to space exploration and its ability to inspire curiosity and awe.
Waldman and Ballard use data from the Deep Space Network whenever possible and provide a quick summary of how long each craft has been in space, what its destination is and what it’s doing there, what kind of gear it’s carrying, and why.
The site also imports links to the latest news stories about each probe. But best of all, Waldman and Ballard have hand-picked links to foster deeper deep space obsessions, like: the playlist for the Golden Record, curated by Carl Sagan, that’s traveling aboard Voyager 1 and 2; this stunning edit of video footage from the Cassini mission; and a program that lets students take pictures of Mars using a camera that’s aboard the 2001 Mars Odyssey.
If you want to venture even further, see Waldman’s other project, Spacehack, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration.