25 Crazy Facts About Space And Your Place In It

Deep Space Water

Deep Space Water

Way out there in space, exists a water reservoir which contains about 140 trillions times the volume of all the water on Earth.

Cool Stars

Cool Stars

According to NASA scientists, there are some stars in the great wide universe which are cool enough to touch - or they would be if we could ever reach them, of course.



Life On Venus

Life On Venus

Within our own Solar System, it is thought that Venus has the next most hospitable atmosphere to support life. That doesn't mean it can happen, just that the ratio of gases, etc, isn't as inhospitable as the other planets.

Tortoise In Space

Tortoise In Space

Tortoises orbited the Moon before we did. The Russians sent them on tests before any people got the chance to go.



Footprints In The Sand

Footprints In The Sand

No atmosphere means no wind, and no wind means that the footprints left by astronauts on the Moon will probably stay there forever.

The First

The First

The first country to launch anything in to space was Germany with the V2 rocket.



The Karman Line

The Karman Line

The Karman Line, or Kármán line is at an altitude of 100 kilometers (62 miles) and is thought of as the boundary between the Earth's atmosphere and space. It's the point at which the atmosphere can no longer support aeronautical flight.

Tears In Space

Tears In Space

If you cry in space, your tears will simply hang around and float, rather than fall.



Space Roach

Space Roach

The first animals ever conceived and born in space were cockroaches who, said the Russians, grew faster and stronger than they would on Earth.

Space Pumice

Space Pumice

Because gravity isn't causing the bottoms of your feet to harden like here on Earth, in space, the skin on that part of your body would begin to peel off. Apparently, skin has been known to come off and go floating around when astronauts have taken their socks off.



Films On The Space Station

Films On The Space Station

Those on the International Space Station need their down time, and among the movies at their disposal are titles such as Apollo 13, Armageddon, and Around The World In 80 Days.

When To Go...

When To Go...

Astronauts in space are trained to go to the bathroom and pee every two hours or so. Why? Because there is no gravity to put pressure on their bladders.



The Four Dwarfs

The Four Dwarfs

Pluto, Ceres, Eres, and Makemake, are the names of the four "dwarf planets" within our Solar System (I still feel sorry for Pluto not being an actual planet anymore).

Boomerang

Boomerang

A boomerang doesn't require gravity and so would still return to you in space.



With My Own Eyes

With My Own Eyes

In the history of man, a total of 24 people have seen the whole planet with their very own eyes.

Sun Keeps Setting

Sun Keeps Setting

Onboard the International Space Station, you could watch the sunset around fifteen times each day.



Newton's Apple Tree

Newton's Apple Tree

As part of efforts to "defy gravity" NASA sent some of Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree in to space - you know, the famous tree that, in the summer of 1666, he saw an apple fall from and began his speculations about the nature of gravity....

The Wow! Signal

The Wow! Signal

Back in 1977, a 72-second radio transmission signal was received, thought to have come from somewhere near the Tau Sagittarii star in the constellation Sagittarius. Some said that perhaps it could have been a signal from Earth that bounced off something an returned, however, most experts have since agreed this is very unlikely. They still don't know what it was but had all the qualities of an intelligent signal. It's known as the "Wow! Signal".



No Burping

No Burping

It's not possible to burp in space.

Big and Light

Big and Light

Despite being the second largest planet in our Solar System, due to the chemical make-up, Saturn is the lightest of them.



Cold Welding

Cold Welding

An occurrence which can't happen on Earth due to our atmosphere, is a process known as "cold welding" in which metal objects fuse together.

The Most Expensive Ever

The Most Expensive Ever

The Burj Khalifa probably cost quite a bit of money, but it's got nothing on the International Space Station, which cost around US$150 billion, and is the most-expensive construction ever.



Your Spine

Your Spine

Due to the lack of gravity pushing the vertebrae closer together, astronauts tend to be about an inch taller in space than they would be on Earth.

Print Me A Pizza

Print Me A Pizza

Because astronauts can't dial up for a pizza in space (and because any space taken up on board a space craft costs money in fuel to get it there) NASA are developing 3D printers capable of making pizza. It probably still tastes better than airline food.



90 Seconds 'til Doom

90 Seconds 'til Doom

Without a space suit, you could live around 90 seconds in space. However, you'd pass out long before you got the chance to enjoy the last views of space.