Astronauts Mark Lee and Jan Davis married in secret 9 months before their joint flight to the ISS and didn't tell NASA until it was too late to train replacements. They are the only married couple to have ever flown in space together. vice.com/en_us/article/3d…
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was so impressed by First Lady Jackie Kennedy after meeting her that he later sent her a puppy; the animal was significant for being the offspring of Strelka, the dog that had gone to space during a Soviet space mission en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s wife kept hanging up on his phone calls from the ISS thinking he was a telemarketer. The 3 second delay made her think no one was on the other side of the line when she’d answer. NASA then gave her the ISS’s phone number so her phone read β€œSPACE” each time he called. youtu.be/t93UCj1hzu8
The British Library must store one copy of every single book published in the UK and Ireland. It houses over 200,000,000 publications, adds 6 miles (9.65 km) of new shelf space a year, and receives over 8000 new publications each day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
In 2001 TacoBell offered to give "one free taco" to every US customer if the core of the Soviet Mir space station hit a TacoBell target in the middle of the south Pacific ocean. The target read: "Free Taco Here" with a TacoBell logo emblazoned in the middle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Mae Jemison was the first African American woman in space. She also was a doctor in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, started her own business, writes children’s books, has produced and directed modern dance plays, and was also in a few episodes of Star Trek. womenshistory.org/educati…
Today I learned about Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev who was in space when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Unable to return, he stayed in space for 10 months. He was supposed to do military service during that time. The army almost issued a desertion warrant until they realised he wasn't on the planet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
The first series produced by Cartoon Network was Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1994 and is considered instrumental in establishing Cartoon Network's appeal to older audiences. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoo…
The "overview effect" is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. It is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ove…
Today I learned of a 1993 proposal to build a giant advertising billboard in outer space that would appear roughly the same size and brightness as the moon. The project didnt meet funding and inspired a bill to ban all advertisement in outer space. wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_…
Today I learned about space waste and space junk. An estimated 400,000 Earth pounds (~181,436 kg) of waste has been left on the Moon by humans, including things from wet wipes to over 70 discarded probes. 95% of objects in Earth's orbit are junk (dead satellites, nuts, bolts, tools, garbage bags, and debris). interestingengineering.co…
In Sweden, due to The Producers, most Mel Brooks movies have been given similar names to Springtime for Hitler: Springtime for the Sheriff (Blazing Saddles); Springtime for Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein); Springtime for World History (History of the World); Springtime for Space (Spaceballs) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Pillars of Creation were probably destroyed 6000 years ago. This was discovered after new photo from Spitzer Space Telescope showed dustclouds from a supernova shockwave that happened 6000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pil…
Decades after reunification, the former border between East and West Berlin is still visible from space at night due to differences between the streetlamps used by the two sides citymetric.com/horizons/y…
For good luck, cosmonauts pee on the wheel of the van that transports them to their space launch vehicle. A tradition that was started by Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Voyager 1 and Pioneer 10 are first and second most distant space crafts from earth. And since both are moving on the opposites sides of solar system, it also makes them two man made objects farthest from each other. voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/freq…
The Swiss Air Force didn't respond to a hijacked airliner in their air space as it was outside normal office hours. A spokesman stated: "Switzerland cannot intervene because its airbases are closed at night and on the weekend" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eth…
In 1986, the night before the Challenger shuttle exploded, Allan McDonald, the director of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Project for the engineering contractor Morton Thiokol, refused to sign the launch recommendation over safety concerns. nasa.gov/centers/langley/…
The USSR was the world's 2nd largest economy post-WW2 & the world's largest exporter of arms. By the 1940's Stalin announced that illiteracy had been eliminated & the USSR would produce the world's 1st satellite, the 1st human being in space & the 1st woman in space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
There's a rare condition called spatio-temporal synesthesia where people can visualize time within space. discovermagazine.com/heal…
Today I learned about Bertrand Russel's teapot. If he were to assert, without offering proof, that a teapot, too small to be seen by telescopes, orbits the Sun somewhere in space between the Earth and Mars, he could not expect anyone to believe him solely because his assertion could not be proven wrong. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
We are travelling at around 2.1 million kilometres per hour through space physics-astronomy.com/202…
Mt Chimborazo of Ecuador is the highest point on Earth, 1.5 miles/2.4 kilometers above Mt Everest. The Earth is an 'oblate spheroid' shape, so the equator bulges out. The mountain sits on top of this bulge so it is the closest point to the moon and outer space. universetoday.com/15025/h…
The James Webb Space Telescope not only missed its launch date by 14 years so far, but has also missed its designed mission end date by 9 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Astronaut ice cream, despite its name, was never used on any space mission en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The only Oscar won by "2001 A space Odyssey" was for special visual effects. Awarded to Stanley Kubrick it was his sole win from 13 nominations. The technicians involved felt it wrong for him to receive the sole credit. Following this controversy, the Academy changed its eligibility rule bscine.com/bsc-members/?i…
Today I learned about the Kessler Syndrome: as more debris is sent up into orbit, more collisions occur that creates more debris leading a cascade of dangerous space debris that could trap us on this planet forever. spacelegalissues.com/spac…
There is a law in California that if you work for an employer that has more than 50 employees and provides subsidized parking you can opt out of your space for the cash equivalent. A 1992 study showed this cash equivilant ranged from $36/mo to $165/mo pre-tax. ww2.arb.ca.gov/resources/…
Today I learned about Sergei Krikalev, a Russian astronaut stranded aboard the Soviet "Mir" Space Station during the collapse of the Soviet Union. The mission ended up being twice as long as planned, and he is referred to as "The Last Soviet Citizen". wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei…
Stanley Kubrick wanted to use Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother suite in A Clockwork Orange. Pink Floyd's bassist Roger Waters refused when he found out Kubrick would edit the music to fit the film. Later, Waters asked Kubrick to use sounds from 2001: A Space Odyssey on a record. Kubrick refused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
FΓ©licette, the only cat to survive a spaceflight, was honored in 2019 with a memorial at France's International Space University. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A study of 3,599 commuters in 4 European cities found that people who commuted daily through natural environments reported better mental health. "Natural" was defined as outdoor spaces including forests, street trees, parks, reserves, & all types of waterbodies, both public & private. isglobal.org/en/new/-/ass…
When astronauts are outside the ISS, space-borne compounds adhere to their suits causing a distinctive scent when they return to the station. The smell is so unusual that NASA reached out to a top fragrance maker to re-create the odor for its training simulations. popsci.com/science/articl…
Open concept office spaces are damaging to workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction. newyorker.com/business/cu…
The water which is shipped to the International Space Station all comes from 2 sources in Italy. One source supplies water for the USA segment of the ISS and the other source to the Russian side based on the tastes of the astronauts and the method used to purify the water on board. spacesafetymagazine.com/s…
Buzz Aldrin peed in his pants (space suit) on the moon, saying it was β€œlonely as hell” up there. businessinsider.com/bathr…
Recently declassified military documents revealed that a solar storm detonated U.S. navy mines during the Vietnam War. Scientists are urging governments to take space weather more seriously as it could have severe consequences on our Earth. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The film SpaceCamp, about children accidentally being launched into orbit on board the Space Shuttle, became known as a β€œmarketing nightmare” after the Challenger Disaster happened just 5 months before its release. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Today I learned of Bloodbath of B-R5RB, a massive-scale virtual battle fought in the MMORPG space game EVE Online in January 2014 that involved 7,548 player characters and lasted for 21 hours resulting in losses of approximate real-currency value of $300,000 USD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
There is a reservoir in space that holds 140 trillion times the amount of water in Earth's oceans. nasa.gov/topics/universe/…
Svetlana Savitskayaβ€”the second woman in spaceβ€”arrived at Mir (first modular space station) in 1982, she was greeted with an apron as a welcome present, and jokingly told to get to work in the kitchen by her fellow cosmonauts. spacecentre.co.uk/blog-po…
The man credited with saving both Apollo 12 and Apollo 13 was forced to resign years later while serving as the Chief of NASA when Texas Senator Robert Krueger blamed him for $500 million of overspending on Space Station Freedom, which later evolved into the International Space Station (ISS). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There are creatures called Tardigrades that can survive the end of humanity and live in outer space for over a week with no oxygen, and also these things can survive in temperatures of over -350 degrees Fahrenheit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
If the universe had one dimension of space and three dimensions of time instead of the other way around, the speed of light would be the LOWER limit of speed instead of the upper limit. Thus, everything would be made of tachyons - theoretical faster-than-light particles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Outside the academic space Dmitry Mendeleev (creator of Periodic table of elements) was a man of unusual interests and the widest professional knowledge. It’s hard to count them all. He was a chemist, physicist, economist, meteorologist, technologist, geologist, meteorologist, pedagogue, aviator needforscience.com/chemis…
Space smell reminds the astronauts something metallic. Other astronauts say that space smells like seared steak or something sweet like raspberries. pri.org/stories/2012-07-2…
In 2012 the US Defense Dept. Donated Two Space Telescopes to NASA, That Are Better Than the Hubble Telescope, Because They Were Too Old, and Out of Date! theatlantic.com/technolog…
While Sputnik was the first man-made object to reach orbit, 13 years earlier the Nazis launched the MW 18014 rocket, the first man-made object to reach outer space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MW_…
Despite alcohol in space being prohibited for NASA astronauts, Buzz Aldrin had a sip of wine on the Moon snopes.com/fact-check/com…
Fungus growing in Chernobyl can make up for light shield against radiation in terms of armor and help space travel popularmechanics.com/scie…
NASA as a practical joke played Hello Dolly to wake the Gemini 6 crew in 1965. The astronauts loved it and a tradition was born. Until 2011, families were allowed to choose a favorite song to wake up their loved one in space. popularmechanics.com/spac…
Out of more than 100 billion people who have lived and died on earth, only 24 have the first hand experience of seeing full circle of earth from space. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
There is a distinct advantage for drones operating in space: the ability to hide in plain sight among the scattered debris in orbit. codeanddagger.com/news/20…
In 2020, NASA will allow tourists to visit the International Space Station for $35,000 a night. Private astronauts would be permitted to travel to the ISS for up to 30 days. bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-c…
Dormant viruses can reactivate during spaceflight. Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of the crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions. phys.org/news/2019-03-dor…
Astronauts can accidentally dial 911 in space futurism.com/the-byte/ast…
The Voyager I and II space probes, which are currently racing through interstellar space, each include a golden record with 115 analog-encoded photographs, greetings in 55 languages, a 12-minute montage of sounds on Earth and 90 minutes of music (including Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B. Good') smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
If you could drive your car at highway speeds in a straight line off the Earth, you could reach the International Space Station in about 4 hours. planetary.org/explore/spa…
A full NASA space suit costs $12,000,000. While the entire suit costs a cool $12m, 70% of that cost is for the backpack and control module. theplanets.org/space-fact…
A British midshipman, Wenman Wykeham-Musgrave, managed to survive the torpedoing and sinking of three different warships -- within the space of about an hour en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen…
Wealthier urban and suburban neighborhoods are associated with larger and more fertile spiders due to the higher quality of food and green spaces. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In 1991 a cosmonaut was stuck in orbit on the MIR Space Station while the USSR collapsed below on earth rbth.com/history/330415-l…
Astronaut Alan Shepard hit 2 golf balls on the moon's surface. On the Apollo 14 space mission Alan became the first and only person to play golf somewhere other than Earth. He created the club by smuggling a six-iron head onboard in a sock and attached it to a piece of rock-collecting gear. foxnews.com/science/golf-…
There's a suit designed to facilitate sex in space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2su…
Today I learned about the ongoing research to make human hibernation possible. It could change the treatment of inflammatory diseases, insomnia, and trauma and will be useful for space travel. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The Apollo Missions (11 to 16), astronauts had trouble getting life insurance as no one would insure someone being in the high risk environment of Space, so they autographed some postal covers before they left Earth. On the chance they didn't come back, those items would be sold for money. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about Project West Ford. During the Cold War, out fear of the Russians sabotaging overseas communications. The USA launched 480 Million needles into space to try to create an artificial ionosphere to solve the issue. As of March 2020, 36 clumps of needles were still known to be in orbit as junk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The Earth is rocketing through space at 1.3 million MPH. businessinsider.com/earth…
The Bucket Orchid flower attracts orchid bees with a scent, & traps them in their β€œbucket”, the only escape is through a space where the flower grips the bee and glues pollen packets to their back to produce more bucket orchids. britannica.com/plant/buck…
If you climb to the altitude of 408 km from Earth, a person’s weight would be around 90% of what it would be on the ground. The ISS astronauts’ weightlessness is not because β€œspace has no gravity”. Their weightlessness is due to them being in a free fall, constantly accelerating towards Earth. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
They use GMT as the timezone on the International Space Station. sciencefocus.com/space/wh…
Only three people in the nation were qualified to hand-pack the parachutes for Apollo 15. Their expertise was so vital, they were not allowed to ride in the same car together for fear that a single auto accident could cripple the space program. history.com/news/moon-lan…
When the space shuttle was in operation, it could launch a payload of 27,500 kg for $1.5 billion, or $54,500/kg. For a SpaceX Falcon 9, the rocket used to access the ISS, the cost is just $2,720/kg. SpaceX’s technical advances and cost reductions have changed the direction of U.S. space policy. theconversation.com/how-s…
Today I learned of the Dolania Mayfly. The adult insects emerge before dawn in early summer, mate and die within the space of about thirty minutes. The female deposits her eggs in the water and dies within five minutes of emergence, believed to be the shortest adult lifespan of any insect en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Several mosquito species have a proboscis that’s strong enough to make it through the tight weave of denim. There’s also lots of space between the threads that make up socks, and mosquitoes can easily suck blood through those spaces abchomeandcommercial.com/…
Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, which drew more visitors to see the empty space than the actual painting. npr.org/2011/07/30/138800…
The Hubble Space Telescope has already required 4 servicing missions (1993, 1997, 1999, 2002). The fifth mission, that was scheduled in 2005, was canceled following the Columbia disaster (2003). Hubble's problems began when it was discovered that its optical system had a flawed mirror. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actor Rene Auberjonois (Odo) was related to Napoleon. His father married Princess Laure Louise NapolΓ©one EugΓ©nie Caroline Murat, a descendant of Caroline Bonaparte. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
Navy Captain Chris Cassidy studied mathematics at the Naval Academy, ocean engineering at MIT, was a Navy SEAL for 11 years, and is an astronaut who spent 181 days in space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
A gun has actually been fired in space before (by the USSR in 1975) popsci.com/this-soviet-sp…
If you could drive your car to space (at 60 mph / 97 kph) it would take 1 hour to get there and under 6 months to get to the moon sciencefocus.com/space/if…
Today I learned about the COASTLINE PARADOX which essentially states that the length of any given coastline is dependent on the unit of measurement, the smaller the measurement the greater the # & when measuring @ the molecular level can reach near infinity which is hard to grasp considering it's a finite space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
Today I learned of a failed 1996 space rocket launch that flew directly into a village and China tried to cover up en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The Apollo 15 postal covers incident was a scandal involving the crew of NASA's Apollo 15 lunar landing mission, who in 1971 carried about 400 unauthorized postal covers to the Moon's surface. They never flew in space again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
The first cat in space was a black and white stray named FΓ©licette. She travelled on a French rocket Veronique and stayed 15 minutes in space. She returned safely home, before being euthanized by scientists to research the brain's activity after travelling to space. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The reason the International Space Station doesn't fall back to earth it's because once a month it fires its thrusters to regain the lost altitude. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISS…
If the song β€œEmpty Spaces” from Pink Floyd's, β€œThe Wall” is played backwards, you can hear the phrase β€œHello looker. Congratulations. You have just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the Funny Farm, Chalfont." As well as, "Roger! Carolyne's on the phone" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Astronauts Don't Snore In Space; the lack of gravity makes it so astronauts snore less while they’re sleeping...less gravity equals less airway obstruction. medicaldaily.com/astronau…
There is a GeoCache on the International Space Station. geocaching.com/geocache/G…
Frasier was filmed in Paramount Studios in LA (1993-2004) and as the studios were also used by Star Trek: The Next Generation (87-94), Deep Space 9 (93-99), Voyager (95-01), Enterprise (01-05) there are a total of 262 cast & crew shared credits with Frasier (details in comments) intl.startrek.com/article…
In 2001, Pizza Hut delivered to the International Space Station costing them roughly one million USD businessinsider.com/pizza…
After flying 65 combat missions over North Vietnam (144 total), Guion Bluford became the first African American to qualify as a NASA astronaut in 1979. He also became the first African American in space in 1983, ultimately logging over 688 hours across four Space Shuttle missions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
In 1995, scientists pointed the Hubble Space Telescope on the emptiest part of the sky they could find and left it for 10 days, letting light accumulate until incredibly faint objects could be detected. It resulted in an image of about 3000 galaxies. This is the Hubble Deep Field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
If sound could travel through empty space, we'd be able to hear the sun at 125 decibels from Earth's surface. In comparison, 120 decibels is a train horn about one meter away from you. spaceanswers.com/deep-spa…
Three NASA astronauts staged a strike in space on Dec. 28, 1973. The astronauts turned off radio communications with NASA ground control. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
Senator Jake Garn, who flew in the Space Shuttle in 1985, experienced the worst case of space sickness on record. Because of this, NASA jokingly uses a "Garn Scale" to measure reactions to space sickness, where "1.0 Garn" is the worst. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The creators of the "Golden Record" - an audio recording sent into outer space aboard the Voyager spacecraft - wanted to include "Here Come the Sun" by the Beatles, but couldn't afford the $50,000 licensing fee demanded by the band's record company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
Qian Xuesen was a Chinese scientist/colonel in the US army partially responsible for helping America go to space. But because of racism, he was deported to China. He was the father of Chinese rocketry and is one of the reasons why China is a world power today with ICBMS. youtu.be/CDvosSqSUTw
Earth And Venus Form a Stunning Pentagrammic Pattern in Space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
In 1992, Nike made a Super Bowl commercial where an animated Bugs Bunny played basketball with a real-live Michael Jordan. The commercial was so successful that Warner Brothers decided to turn it into a whole movie (Space Jam). highsnobiety.com/2015/07/…

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