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The Coolest Spaceships Ever Built, Compared by Size

•, By Adam Mann
 The site is full of information about recent and past launches, old space programs, and much more, but it owes its unique charm to the drawings of spacecraft that appear on its pages. There’s something about their simplified lines and geometric orientations, reminiscent of a childhood textbook, that is perfect.

Lined up next to one another, the different space machines make an impressive artistic fleet. Add a tiny astronaut in for scale, and the might of the machines that we’ve sent out to the moon, Mars, and beyond becomes clear.

 The drawings are the work of one man: space enthusiast Richard Kruse. His interest in space history began when he was a volunteer at Michigan Space and Science Center in the mid-’90s. The museum (now closed) was home to an Apollo 9 spacecraft, a simulator used during the Gemini program, and a collection of spacesuits. Kruse, who has a degree in graphic communication, volunteered in educational outreach with local elementary schools, creating illustrations of science experiments and old rockets.

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