Carl Sagan convinced NASA to turn the Voyager Spacecraft towards earth and take the iconic “Pale Blue Dot” photo nearly 4 billions miles away from earth.
The Voyager probes took more than 40 years traveling at 40,000 mph to leave our solar system, but it will be another 40,000 years before they get anywhere near another star.
In 2015, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield released the first ever album recorded entirely in space, named Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can.
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”.