The white dashed lines on US highways are 10 feet long. And the space in between them runs 30 feet long. Most people believe that they’re only 2-4 feet long at most. news.osu.edu/slow-down---…
Children from Roosevelt's family would crawl through the space between ceilings and floors in the White House, where no living being but rats and ferrets had been for years. eyewitnesstohistory.com/t…
When dreaming, hardcore video gamers have been reported to be able to toggle between first and third-person point-of-view; readily take control over and even enjoy nightmares; and have more dreams that involve far-fetched or impossible scenarios, like imaginary characters or space travel theverge.com/2014/1/21/53…
The highest grossing basketball movie of all time is Space Jam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Six nylon American flags have been left on the Moon. They were purchased from a government catalogue and not designed to handle the harsh conditions of Space. Some flags are still standing. It is thought that the Apollo 11 flag fell over after they left the moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to space walk, became in June 2020 the only person to have visited both space and the deepest place on Earth, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. bbc.com/news/amp/world-us…
Spaceballs was originally going to be titled Planet Moron, but was changed when a film titled Morons from Outer Space was released; Spaceballs, despite the assumed innuendo, was a result of needing β€œspace” in the title and Brooks considering it one of his trademark β€œscrewball” comedies. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The area code for Brevard County, Florida, home to the Kennedy Space Center, is 321. This was done deliberately; it is a reference to the countdown heard before every space launch. mynews13.com/fl/orlando/n…
On January 13, 1920, a New York Times editorial said rockets could never work in space because in a vacuum there was nothing for them to push against. The paper later said it regretted the error. popsci.com/military-aviat…
More people have been to outer space (more than 550) than have successfully summitted Mount K2 (less than 400). K2 or Mount Godwin-Austen is considered to be the most challenging of the 8000’ers. summitclimb.com/climb/k2
Stanley Kubrick hired composer Alex North to create the sound track to 2001: A Space Odyssey but later decided to replace North's music with the first 22 bars of 'Also Sprach Zarathustra'. North wasn't aware his music had been dropped until he went to the film's New York City premiere. classicfm.com/composers/s…
The tiles on the space shuttle dissipate heat so efficiently that you can pick them up straight out of a 2200 degree oven. youtu.be/Pp9Yax8UNoM
Squid fishers off the coast of Argentina use such enormous lights to attract squid that it shows up as brighter from space than most cities at night earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
The reason snow is able to absorb sound is because it is porous. Snowflakes are six-sided crystals, and they are filled with open spaces.Those spaces absorb sound waves, creating a quieting effect over a blanket of snow. reconnectwithnature.org/n…
The inventor of Velcro took 20 years to take his idea from concept to production and even then the apparel industry wasn't sold on it. It wasn't until NASA came along asking about it for use in space that the fashion industry then went wild due to it now being space aged. velcro.com/blog/2016/11/a…
Today I learned about project Orion, a project to develop a spaceship propelled by nuclear explosions. The project was abandoned due to a treaty that forbid nuclear weapon tests in the atmosphere, in outer space and under water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Each space shuttle was named after historical and influential ships of science and exploration spacefoundation.org/2019/…
NASA used Taco Bell tortillas for space missions - bread had too many crumbs so they used tortillas for standwiches, and NASA started making space tortillas. Taco Bell made a tortilla in the 90s with a 9 month shelf life, so NASA started using those instead. cnet.com/news/houston-we-…
The Federal Aviation Administration banned β€œadvertising in outer space that is capable of being recognized by a human being on the surface of the Earth without the aid of a telescope or other technological device." techradar.com/news/the-gr…
Today I learned about Habitat 67, a high capacity, apartment style living space that was developed to try and handle some of the issues coming from rapid urban development at the time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hab…
Stanley Kubrick wanted to get an insurance policy from Lloyds of London to protect himself against losses in the event that extraterrestrial intelligence were discovered before the movie '2001: A Space Odyssey' was released. Lloyds refused. londonist.com/2014/07/sta…
Actor Bill Mumy, known for appearing in The Twilight Zone and Lost in Space, is half of the duo who performed the novelty song "Fish Heads" which was the most requested song in the history of The Dr. Demento Show. Their follow up single "I Had Sex With E.T." was not as popular. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
There are no actual photos of the Milky Way galaxy in its entirety from space. No manmade object has ventured out far enough to be able to take one. Every image so far has been artists' renditions based on data gathered from various telescopes over time. discovery.com/science/Pic…
Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, was the first person to be β€œBuried in space”. On April 21, 1997, his ashes were brought to the Canary Islands and loaded aboard the Pegasus-XL and launched out of the rocket. celestis.com/blog/how-gen…
The Rolex Daytona was originally considered an abysmal failure. Having been beaten to space by Omega, Rolex renamed the Cosmograph after Le Mans- then Daytona after licensing issues arose. It was so unsellable dealers literally gave them away. A modern example now goes for $20k. watchfinder.co.uk/article…
The USSR's lead rocket scientist, Sergei Korolev, planted newspaper articles falsely suggesting approval for a Soviet space program. President Eisenhower responded by approving an American space program. This forced the Communist Party to approve the space program they previously denied. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
The Mayans customized their teeth. They would carve holes into their teeth and fill the spaces with different stone inlays. They used minerals like jadeite, hematite, pyrite and turquoise. The stones also had specific meanings as jade may have symbolized pure breath or elegant speech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
The International Space Station carries a large memory device, which contains digitized DNA sequences of a select group of humans, including physicist Stephen Hawking and talk show host Stephen Colbert, to preserve human DNA, in case some global cataclysm occurs on Earth-called Immortality Drive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
The ashes of Stephen Hawking were buried between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, in a section of Westminster Abbey known as the "Scientists Corner." As a final tribute, during the burial, the European Space Agency beamed recordings of Hawking's voice to the nearest black hole. nbcnews.com/news/obituari…
Actor Dan Richter, the lead man-ape in "2001: A Space Odyssey", had the status of a β€œlegal” drug addict in England, and injected a doctor-prescribed combination of heroin and cocaine up to 7 times daily. When he needed additional stimulation, he always had state-supplied crystal meth on hand history.com/news/making-2…
After WW2, the Allies discovered meticulous plans for a Sun Gun by the Nazis. Planned by renowned Nazi Scientist Hermann Oberth, it was a .62 mile mirror attached to a space station to burn cities and evaporate oceans estimated to take 15 years to build. He later joined NASA. huffpost.com/entry/nazi-s…
Jack Parsons was one of the founders of NASA JPL and a pioneer of the American space program. He also practiced esoteric magic rituals, and was a devoted follower of British occultist Aleister Crowley, and his group, The Ordo Templis Orientis. supercluster.com/editoria…
There are 10 million stars within one parsec (3.26 light years) of the center of the Milky Way. For comparison, there is 4.36 light years of space between the Sun and Alpha Centauri. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
The Space Shuttle Endeavor's fuel pump alone generated up 71,000 horsepower during lift off (about the equivalent power of 28 locomotives). It's oxygen pump generated around 23,000 hp and the three main engines... up to 37 million horsepower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS-…
Space is not cold but has no temperature. A person in space without a spacesuit would not feel cold at first because heat transfer cannot occur as rapidly in space. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
In 1964, Bell Labs built a large space antenna. Upon testing, two of their scientists encountered β€˜interference’, which could not be isolated. After multiple attempts to fix the bug, they determined the β€œnoise” was in fact, a remnant β€˜hum’ from the Big Bang. They went on to win The Nobel Prize. nbcnews.com/science/space…
Sagittarius A* - the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way - has a mass 4 million times that of our Sun, but a diameter only 31 times the Sun's. It is so dense that it could fit in the space between the Earth and the Sun, but can attract things 50k light years away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
Ham the Astrochimp became the first hominid launched into space on January 31, 1961. Ham flew a suborbital flight as part of NASA's Project Mercury. His capsule suffered a partial loss of pressure during the flight, but Ham's space suit prevented him from suffering any harm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Saturn's rings aren't "flat": the ice forms elaborate formations only possible due to zero gravity, with some areas rising vertically at tremendous heights to form "mountain ranges" in space around the gas giant. youtube.com/watch?v=HUtRC…
Due to its high degree of microporosity, as little as 1 gram of activated charcoal has a surface area in excess of 3,000 square meters- which is the same as 3 Olympic swimming pools, 7 basketball courts, or 230 car-parking spaces. labmuffin.com/fact-check-…
That, in 1988, Space Shuttle Atlantis nearly suffered the same fate as Space Shuttle Columbia. americaspace.com/2018/12/…
Paul C. Fisher created the space pen. The device writes upside down, in frigid or hot conditions, underwater, and in zero gravity. Pressurized cartridge ink, a gel-like solid turns to fluid to write. Pressurized nitrogen prevents air from mixing with the ink, so it cannot evaporate or oxidize. scientificamerican.com/ar…
While the Americans sent space probes to Mars, the Soviets sent many probes to Venus, of which 8 of them successfully landed on the Venusian surface and took the first measurements and pictures of the planet’s surface, showing Venus to be a hot, hellish wasteland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
In classical times, people once believed in a fifth element called the "Aether", which was what existed out in space and explained concepts like gravity and light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aet…
The story of Russians using a much cheaper pencil in space while Americans spent millions on pens is false. Pencils create dust which is bad for the air and equipment, and are also combustible which is a no go in space. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Only 3 People Have Ever Died In Space astronomy.com/news/2019/1…
A 1949 BBC memo forbade employees to use desk lamps unless the main room light was on. The head of the Variety department believed that a man working at a desk in a confined space with only the light from a low-wattage lamp would nurture furtive ideas and produce degenerate programme material. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Jimmy Carter is considered the least supportive of U.S. human space efforts of any president, but as a trained engineer, he took a strong interest in the developments in planetary exploration that occurred on his watch. In 1979, Carter considered terminating the Space Shuttle Program nasa.gov/50th/50th_magazi…
It is a common misconception that there is no gravity in space (i.e., space is zero-gravity). A small amount of gravity (microgravity) can be found everywhere in space. Gravity is what holds the moon in orbit around the Earth, and the Earth in orbit around the Sun. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
The usual reentry speed of the space shuttle was about 17,500 mph, or roughly Mach 25, which NASA calls β€œhigh hypersonic.” journals.sagepub.com/doi/…

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