Get lost in these fascinating spacecraft cutaway illustrations

Cross section, cutaway, or x-ray illustrations, call it whatever you want, but they're the best way to understand how things work. They are fascinating. In this new Sploid series we will present some of the best cutaway drawings from around the world. The first collection includes 32 awesome spacecrafts.

Do you have any spacecraft cutaway favorite? Please add it to the comments following the same format: Title, image and credit with link to the original.

Artist's concept of a two-man Gemini spacecraft in flight, 1965

Get lost in these fascinating spacecraft cutaway illustrations

Image: NASA


Mercury spacecraft with measurements and cutaway view, 1963

Get lost in these fascinating spacecraft cutaway illustrations

Image: NASA


An artist's concept of the Skylab space station cluster in Earth's orbit. The cutaway view shows astronaut activity in the Orbital Workshop (OWS), 1971

Get lost in these fascinating spacecraft cutaway illustrations

Image: NASA


An artist's concept illustrating a cutaway view of the docked Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft in Earth orbit, 1975. This scene depicts the moment the two international crews meet in space for the first time

Get lost in these fascinating spacecraft cutaway illustrations

Image: Davis Meltzer/NASA


Artist's concept reveals systems of the major components of a space shuttle vehicle, 1981

Get lost in these fascinating spacecraft cutaway illustrations

Image: NASA


North American Rockwell Corporation artist's concept depicting the Apollo Command Module, reentering Earth's atmosphere after returning from a trip to the moon, 1968

Get lost in these fascinating spacecraft cutaway illustrations

Image: NASA


An artist's concept illustrating the Skylab 1 Orbital Workshop (OWS), 1973.

Get lost in these fascinating spacecraft cutaway illustrations

Image: NASA/NASA


This artist's rendering represents a cut-away concept of the Orion crew exploration vehicle's crew module, from NASA's cancelled Constellation Program, 2007

Get lost in these fascinating spacecraft cutaway illustrations

Image: NASA


An artist's concept of Mercury: medical effects; develop technology, 1963

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Image: NASA


Artist concept of Gemini spacecraft and Command Module with two astronauts seated at the controls, 1964

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Image: NASA


An early space station concept drawing. The station was designed as a laboratory to study the physical and behavioral effects of prolonged space flight, and could have possibly been crewed by 50 people. This particular image appeared in the 1959 Space The New Frontier brochure produced by NASA

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Image: NASA


This station was designed as a laboratory to study the physical and behavioral effects of prolonged space flight, and could have possibly been crewed by 5 people. This image appeared in the 1959 Space The New Frontier brochure produced by NASA

Get lost in these fascinating spacecraft cutaway illustrations

Image: NASA


This undated cutaway drawing illustrates the Saturn IB launch vehicle with its two booster stages, the S-IB and S-IVB

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Image: NASA/MSFC


Illustration of the Apollo Spacecraft, 1967

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Image: NASA/MSFC


1968: The Saturn V command module (CM) configuration

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Image: NASA/MSFC


The Explorer I satellite was America's first scientific satellite launched aboard the Jupiter C launch vehicle on January 31, 1958. The Explorer I carried the radiation detection experiment designed by Dr. James Van Allen and discovered the Van Allen Radiation Belt

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Image: NASA/MSFC


1969: The Lunar Module (LM) with detailed callouts

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Image: NASA/MSFC


1967: The Apollo Spacecraft with callouts of the major components. The spacecraft consisted of the lunar module, the service module, the command module, and the launch escape system

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Image: NASA/MSFC


Cutaway illustration of the Saturn V launch vehicle with callouts of the major components, 1967

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Image: NASA/MSFC


Spacelab was a cooperative venture of the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, a versatile laboratory carried in the Space Shuttle's cargo bay for special research flights. Cutaway illustration from 1981

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Image: NASA/MSFC


Space Shuttle cutaway showing astronauts working with ESA Spacelab, 1980

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Image: NASA


Less than a year after its birth, NASA announced its first astronaut class, the Mercury Seven, on April 9, 1959. This drawing of the Mercury capsule was used by the Space Task Group at the first NASA inspection, on Oct. 24, 1959

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Image: NASA


Space Shuttle orbiter cutaway view with callouts, 2001

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Image: NASA/MSFC


1972: illustration of the Skylab with the Command/Service Module being docked to the Multiple Docking Adapter

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Image: NASA/MSFC


Saturn V Apollo launch vehicle flight configuration from the "Saturn 5 launch vehicle flight evaluation report – AS-501 Apollo 4 mission", 1968

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Image: NASA


The European Space Agency's Hermes space vehicle was designed to take three astronauts to orbits of up to 800 km altitude on missions of 30 to 90 days in space. Hermes was to have been launched atop an Ariane 5. The project was cancelled in 1992

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Image: ESA


ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV) supply the International Space Station with fuel and cargo as well as boosting the Stations orbit

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Image: ESA


Ariane 5 on the launch pad. Ariane-5 is an ESA launch vehicle, managed by Arianespace at the ELA-3 launch site at the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana

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Image: ESA/CNES/Arianespace-D.Ducros


Soyuz Spacecraft from Prelaunch Mission Operation Report No. M-966-75-01, July 7, 1975

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Image: NASA


Salyut 4 Soviet space station

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Image: NASA/Spacefacts.de


Skylab Configuration Detail from Skylab News Reference, March 1973

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Image: NASA


X-Ray scheme of the Buran orbiter

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Image: buran.ru

Do you have any spacecraft cutaway favorite? Please add it to the comments following the same format: Title, image and credit with link to the original.


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