Dec 26, 2019

Random Thursday

Time for another exciting installment of Leslie Gilbert Elman's Weird But True, a little book of random and obscure facts! Totally fun reading material here!

(image borrowed from The Telegraph)
About half of the work satellites in space belong to the US.

Fun Fact: The US operates more than 4 times the amount of satellites than anyone else. Russia comes in second.

Anyone else starting to get a little freaked out that someone is always watching us? Lol.

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Orbital debris is more commonly referred to as "space junk," is a dangerous hazard. This "junk" floats around in space at speeds of 15,000 miles per hour. 

That hurts just thinking about it!

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The Iridium-Cosmos collision resulted in more than 700 new pieces of space junk. There are still more than 19,000 pieces of space junk being tracked by the U.S. Department of Defense.

You gotta wonder, do they ever do anything with this junk?

(image borrowed from NASA)
The solar panels of the Hubble Space Telescope were struck by space junk an estimated 725,000 times between 1994-2002.


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The California State Historical Resources Commission declared, in 2010, that the items left on the moon by the crew of Apollo 11 are a state historical resource. This is likely the first time that something was designated as such and it not being on planet Earth!

FUN FACT: This move was considered the first step toward having Tranquility Base, aka where the US astronauts landed on the moon in 1969, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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