Looking at the night sky we often think what lies in the black emptiness between the stars. Can there be a planet just like ours? Can there be people there who are just like us or are complete opposite? There are so many questions about the vast and mysterious Space. Read on to find out some interesting facts about Space.
Spaceship, astronauts, space programs… there are so many things which makes people overwhelmed and they start thinking that space is such a far out place. But in reality space starts from just 100 km above the Earth! Theoretically if there is a road perpendicular to the surface of Earth, then you can reach space within an hour.
2. The silence of the space
Space is an absolutely silent place. You can’t hear even a single sound. This is because unlike light, sound waves need a medium in which it can travel. But in space there is no atmosphere. Hence, propagation of sound wave is not possible.
So, how do astronauts talk with each other? They use radio waves which can travel even in space.
3. The Immortal footprint
This is no ordinary foot print. It’s the footprints left by astronauts of Apollo on the moon and it will stay the same for about a 100 million years! This is possible only because moon doesn’t have an atmosphere i.e. it has no wind and no water to disturb these footprints. Even the marks left by spaceship, rover and the materials left by astronauts on moon will remain the same for a very very long time.
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4. No crying in Space
Well you can cry in space but it won’t have the same effect as the one on Earth. That’s because your tears will never fall down. It will remain sticking to your face!
5. Feet skin peels off in space
It will make anyone go ewww. Actually in space there is no gravity and hence astronauts do not use their feet to walk. This causes the feet to start softening and peeling off. So, astronauts take off their socks with care otherwise the peeled off dead skin will float around in their spaceship.
6. Sunset and sunrise at Space Station
Every day astronauts at the International Space Station watch 15 sunsets and sunrises! If you love sunrise and sunset then this is one hell of a reason why you should become an astronaut.
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7. Height increase in space
Next time anyone calls you shorty, make it your mission to visit the space. This is because in space human body experiences change in the height. Since there is no gravity in space, your spine will straighten and you will look taller as you won’t be slouching. In a space station it is possible to become as much as 5 cm taller than your height in earth!
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8. Metal bonding in space
To bring together two pieces of metal of same type you will not need any methods like wielding etc in space. This is due to cold wielding. It is a natural phenomenon in which the atoms of metals join together as they don’t know that both pieces are different. On earth the pieces are separated as an oxidized layer is left on the metal piece due to air and water but there is no such thing in space and hence they just join with each other.
9. Water reservoir in Space!
A huge cloud of water vapor containing about 140 trillion times more water than the water present in the oceans of earth had been found in space. It’s one of the largest amount of water ever discovered in space. This massive cloud of water is situated 10 billion light years away.
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10. Bombing in Space
In the year 1962, U.S. created history by blowing up a hydrogen bomb which was 100 times more powerful than the bomb of Hiroshima. But thankfully it was done in space. Earth you are safe.
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11. Diamond Planet
Disney’s Treasure planet movie had come true! The only difference is that instead of all kind of jewels and precious stones, there is an extremely huge diamond of 10 billion trillion trillion carats in space.
Anyone need the largest solitaire?
12. The coldest star
Recently NASA had discovered a star which has the lowest temperature recorded till date. This star called the “brown dwarf” has a temperature range of 9 degree Fahrenheit to minus 54 degree Fahrenheit. It is about 7.2 light years away.
Anyone who wants to experience living on this planet should visit the North Pole as both have approximately same temperature range.
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13. Lightning in Space!
You have seen lightning on Earth. You know that lightning occurs on some other planets too. But do you know that lightning occurs even in the Space? Lightning in space has about 50 million tons of electricity and each bolt of these lightning is much longer than our entire Milky Way galaxy!
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14. Space Junk
So, you thought garbage can be found only on Earth? Well think again because there are about 5, 00,000 pieces of space junk regularly orbiting the Earth. Now you must be thinking what harm space junk can do. Space junk can actually do more harm than we can imagine. It’s because space junk are orbiting the Earth at a speed of 17,500 mph and if they ever collide with a satellite or spacecraft then they can cause huge damage.
Source: nasa.gov, image: wikimedia.org
15. Alcoholic cloud
What happens if it suddenly starts to rain alcohol? Party!!!
Space gives us the chance to party but minus the rain. Huge reserve of alcohol had been discovered in the center of our galaxy at Sagittarius B2 cloud. It contains about 10 billion billion billion liters of alcohol. O boy! That’s huge. Next time you are gonna have a party just decide how to travel 26,000 light-years because that’s how far space’s alcoholic reserve is.
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