Fun Facts

Here are a collection of fun facts we discovered about the Space Program while doing our research.

  • Tidal forces between the Earth and Moon are slowing the Earth down and pushing the Moon further away.
  • An unprotected human can survive up to 1.5 minutes in space with no permanent bodily damage.
  • Summer on Uranus lasts for 21 years.
  • If two pieces of metal touch in space, they become permanently stuck together.
  • One pinhead of the sun's energy is enough to kill a person at a distance of 160 kilometers.
  • The light hitting the earth right now is 30 thousand years old.
  • The density of Saturn is so low that if you were to put it in a giant glass of water it would float.
  • Sound doesn't travel in space.
  • It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun.
  • Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined.
  • The Space Shuttle main engine weighs 1/7th as much as a train engine but delivers as much horsepower as 39 locomotives.
  • Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
  • Today's top fuel dragsters take off with more force than the space shuttle.
  • There are two golf balls sitting on the moon.
  • There are approximately 3,500 astronomers in the U.S. - but over 15,000 astrologers.
  • The volume of the Earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
  • The typical spec of dust that you see floating in the air is half way in size between the Earth and a subatomic particle.
  • The temperature of the earth's interior increases by 1 degree every 60 feet down.
  • The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!
  • The population of the Earth has more than doubled since 1950.
  • The moon is actually moving away from Earth at a rate of 1.5 inches per year.
  • The heart of an astronaut actually gets smaller when in outer space.
  • The Earth weighs around 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons (5,940 billion billion metric tons)!
  • The earth travels through space at 660,000 miles per hour.
  • The earth rotates more slowly on its axis in March than in September.
  • The earth is .02 degrees hotter during a full moon.
  • The Earth gets heavier each day by tons, as meteoric dust settles on it.
  • The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
  • Saturn's rings are about 500,000 miles in circumference but only about a foot thick.
  • Only 55% of Americans know that the sun is a star.
  • More than 20 million meteoroids enter Earth's atmosphere every day.
  • Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet!
  • Jupiter's moon Ganymede, is larger than the planet Mercury!
  • It takes eight and a half minutes for light to get from the sun to earth.
  • In space, astronauts cannot cry properly, because there is no gravity, so the tears can't flow down their faces!
  • If you went out into space, you would explode before you suffocated because there's no air pressure.
  • Astronauts cannot burp in space.
  • Approximately 115 tons of ocean salt spray enters the earth's atmosphere each second.
  • Any space vehicle must move at a rate of 7 miles per second in order to escape the earth's gravitational pull.
  • All of the Earth's continents are wider at the north than in the south - and nobody knows why.

Quiz Quotes

Astronauts cannot burp in space.