Space

Astronaut McCandless, 30ft from his space shuttle, on February 12th, 1984!
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Astronaut McCandless, 30ft from his space shuttle, on February 12th, 1984!


 



The southern pole of Jupiter, taken by Juno
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The southern pole of Jupiter, taken by Juno


Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet’s surface than previously thought

 



Galaxy NGC 4151 is nicknamed "the Eye of Sauron"
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Galaxy NGC 4151 is nicknamed “the Eye of Sauron”


This intermediate spiral Seyfert galaxy was nicknamed that way because of its appearance

 



Mars's color is actually more like butterscotch
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Mars’s color is actually more like butterscotch


The red color we often see is mostly coming from dust in its atmosphere

 



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Hurricane Matthew captured by cameras of the ISS


The International Space Station flew 250 miles over this Category 5 Atlantic hurricane on October 3, 2016

 



The aptly named Blue Planet
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The aptly named Blue Planet


The Pacific Ocean covers an area of 166 millions km². It's the largest and deepest of the World's oceanic basins

 



Project A119: The US planned a nuclear explosion on the Moon
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Project A119: The US planned a nuclear explosion on the Moon


The aim of the top-secret project A119 was to detonate a nuclear bomb on the Moon. The flash of explosive light would have been faintly visible to people on Earth with their naked eye; an US show of force after the Soviet Union took an early lead in the Space Race

 



In vacuum, objects fall at the same speed
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In vacuum, objects fall at the same speed


The acceleration of the object equals the gravitational acceleration in vacuum. The mass, size, and shape of the object are not a factor in describing the motion of the object. So all objects, regardless of size or shape or weight, free fall with the same acceleration. Thus in a vacuum, a beach ball falls at the same rate as an airliner!

 



Moon trees are planted all across the United States
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Moon trees are planted all across the United States


They are grown from 500 seeds that were taken into orbit around the Moon in 1971 during the Apollo 14 mission

 



The average color of the universe is "Cosmic Latte"
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The average color of the universe is “Cosmic Latte”


In 2002, astronomers Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldry from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) determined that the color of the universe was a slightly beige-ish white. The survey included more than 200,000 galaxies, and measured the spectral range of the light from a large volume of the universe. The hexadecimal RGB value for Cosmic Latte is #FFF8E7

 



A Japanese company plans to achieve space elevator by 2050
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A Japanese company plans to achieve space elevator by 2050


If the project is successful, it could massively cut the cost and danger associated with space trips: cargo usually costs around $22,000 per kilogram with current technologies; using Obayashi's space elevator, the cost would be closer to $200 according to the company

 



Still standing on the Moon, 3 flags from the Apollo missions
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Still standing on the Moon, 3 flags from the Apollo missions


Their shadow can be seen on images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a robotic spacecraft launched by the Nasa in 2009. It is now orbiting the Moon at an altitude of 50-200 km

 



The highest mountain in the Solar System is found on Mars
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The highest mountain in the Solar System is found on Mars


This image compares the highest mountain on Earth, on Venus, and on Mars. The winner is Mars, with Mount Olympus (14 miles high!)

 



The flags on the moon have become completely white
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The flags on the moon have become completely white


The alternating 14 days of 100° C sunlight with 14 days of -150° C darkness and the intense ultraviolet radiation from the sunlight on the cloth have faded the colors of the flags

 



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Titan’s mountains are named after Tolkien’s Middle-Earth


Angmar, Dolmed, Doom, Erebor, Misty or Moria Montes... Saturn's moon also harbours small hills (or colles) named after J.R.R. Tolkien's characters, such as Bilbo, Gandalf or Faramir