Astronomers had made a sweet discovery: simple sugar molecules floating in the gas around a star some 400 light-years away, suggesting the possibility of life on other planets.
If the Sun was scaled down to the size of a white blood cell, the Milky way would be the size of the continental United States.
If you were were exposed to outer space without a suit, after about 15 seconds, you would be blue, bloated, and in an unresponsive stupor, but not dead. If they got you back inside and gave you oxygen within about 90 seconds, you’d likely make a complete recovery with only minor injuries.
A man named Gregory W. Nemitz claimed ownership of Asteroid 433 Eros, on which NEAR Shoemaker landed in 2001. His company Orbital Development issued NASA a parking ticket for $20.
There is a special two-seater suit for astronauts to have sex in space.
There are stars in the known universe that are cold enough to be touched by the human hand.
Between the time it was discovered and the time it was unclassified as a planet, Pluto did not even complete one revolution around the sun.
Scientists are working on a “GPS” that works in space. It uses x-ray’s emitted by pulsars to get a position anywhere, accurate to 5km. Its called XNAV.
Ethyl Formate, the chemical that gives raspberries their flavor, has been found emanating from dust clouds in space.
Space travel gives astronauts a feeling of being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness. Edgar Mitchell described what it’s like to stand on the moon and look at the Earth: “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’ ”
Our Milky Way galaxy will collide with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy in 4 billion years.