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An Incredibly Detailed Size Comparison Chart of Science Fiction Spaceships

What would it look like if you put nearly every famous science fiction spaceship next to one another? This image

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What would it look like if you put nearly every famous science fiction spaceship next to one another? This image. Artist Dirk Loechel has created a size comparison for dozens of ships. From Halo to Star Wars to Starship Troopers to Farscape, Loechel has compiled the sizes of each ship and placed them all together, to scale.

Loechel has been working on the map for a while, updating it with more ships each time. The most recent additions include:

Wall-E (Axiom, Zephyrus and Epiglottus city ships, based on the size calculation here: buy-n-large.livejournal.com/17… )
Dead Space (sizes mostly based on Dead Space Wikia and conjecture)
Star Citizen (Size based on the Star Citizen Wiki)
Galaxy Quest (Sizes taken from a Chart compiled by Dan Carlson, who inspired me for this chart)
Space: Above and Beyond (Sizes taken from a Chart compiled by Dan Carlson, who inspired me for this chart)
BattleTech (several Inner Sphere and Clan ships; based on www.sarna.net )
Wing Commander (Sizes mostly via wcnews.com )
StarCraft (Sizes and ship images taken from: i2.minus.com/idKJOHIciRf0E.jpg )
Homeworld (based on conjecture, the Homeworld wiki which has everything except sizes, and a few fanmade charts)
Close Encounter (image via Smithonian; size conjecture based on film clips)
District 9 (Image internet; size wikipedia)

And Loechel is hoping to add the ships from Dune next. It’s worth zooming around the full sized map yourself, which you can see by clicking on the image below. For Dr. Who fans, there is indeed a Tardis in there, you just have to find it.

 

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Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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