Space facts are always interesting to learn! As time goes by, technological advancements have seen us learn more facts about space in the past century than in all time before that.
So let us begin our journey through time & space, and enjoy these 13 crazy space facts:
The hottest planet in our solar system is Venus:
Venus has a lot of gasses in its atmosphere which creates a “Greenhouse Effect” that causes a constant temperature of 864° Fahrenheit (462° Celsius) everywhere on the plant’s surface.
The highest mountain discovered is the Olympus Mons, which is located on Mars:
Its peak is 16 miles (25 km) high, making it nearly 3 times higher than Mount Everest. Moreover, not only is it tall, but it is also 374,015 ft² (114,000 m²) wide – that is an area the size of Arizona.
Earth is the only planet not named after a God:
Earth got its name; all we know is that it is derived from an amalgamation of both the Old English and Old Germanic words for “ground”.
There are more volcanoes on Venus than any other planet in our solar system:
There are more than 1,600 major volcanoes across the surface of Venus, including a 5 mile high volcano called Maat Mons.
There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand in the world:
There are 10 times more stars in the night sky than grains of sand on the Earth, with 70 sextillion stars being visible from Earth through a telescope. To put that in numbers, 70 sextillion is this: 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
The International Space Station is the largest manned object ever sent into space:
At 119 yards long, the International Space Station (ISS) sits roughly 250 miles above the Earth and is the third-brightest object in the night sky.
Only 5% of the universe is visible from Earth:
68% of the universe is dark energy and 27% is dark matter. Both of these are invisible, even with a telescope, which means we are only able to see 5% of the universe.
Stars twinkle because of the way light is disrupted as it passes through Earth’s atmosphere:
Starlight is affected by the winds in our atmosphere as it enters, as well as being affected by different areas and temperatures. This causes the light from each star to twinkle as we look at them.
On Venus, it snows metal and rains sulfuric acid:
This is because Venus is a scorching planet choked with sulfuric acid, which causes the planet’s metals to become gas and then liquid in the atmosphere, before raining down to the ground after the freezing temperatures turn it into a solid.
Coca-Cola was the first commercial soft drink that was ever consumed in space:
The first food ever eaten in space was applesauce and was eaten by John Glenn in space during the Friendship 7 mission in 1962.
The ISS is visible to more than 90% of the Earth’s population:
When you see the International Space Station (ISS) in the night sky it appears as a fast-moving star crossing from horizon to horizon.
Gennady Padalka has spent more time in space than anyone else:
Gennady Padalka is an RKA cosmonaut and has spent 879 days in space. He has worked on both Mir and the International Space Station.
Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story has actually been to outer space:
Buzz Lightyear spent 15 months on board the International Space Station, and returned to Earth on the 11th September, 2009.