The first crime perpetrated in space was by astronaut Anne McClain, accused of illegally accessing her wife’s bank account during her stay on the International Space Station.
Carl Sagan’s team wanted to include the Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun” on the Voyager Golden Records (discs containing greetings in 60 languages, music and sounds from Earth aboard both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977), but the record company EMI, which held the copyrights, declined.
A new telescope built to study the Sun has released its first images. They show the surface of the Sun in the most exquisite detail we’ve ever seen – revealing convection granules the size of Texas, and tiny magnetic features – the roots of fields that extend far into space.
The microgravity of space can cause astronauts’ blood to run backwards.
Germany has launched a rocket with yeast on board into space. When the rocket returns the yeast will be used to make beer. Making it effectively space beer.
At the subatomic level, space is never truly empty. It is filled with a writhing, active population of “Virtual Particles” that pop in and out of existence. Physicists call this “quantum foam”. Physicists theorize fluctuations from this field of energy may have given rise to the Universe.
Astronauts returning from space report higher concern with Universalism, Spirituality and references to “values orientated toward the collective good”.
The interstellar travels of Voyager I and II were only possible due to a specific planetary alignment that only occurs every 175 years. The position of the 4 outer planets enabled a slingshot move which greatly increased the crafts speed.
While performing the first space walk in human history, Alexey Leonov’s spacesuit inflated so much he couldn’t get back inside his space capsule. He had to let air out of his suit while still in the vacuum of space and was barely able to fit back through the airlock.
In 1990, the Galileo spacecraft did a search for life on planet Earth during a flyby. It didn’t find any actual life but it did find evidence ‘strongly suggestive of life on Earth’.