Fun Facts about Spacecrafts:
– The length of the space shuttle is 184 feet and it weighs 4.5 million pounds.
– The space shuttle was the first piece of space exploration technology that was reusable.
– Although over 600 astronauts have flown to outer space on the space shuttle, only about seven can fly out at one time.
– The longest orbit of the space shuttle lasted 17 ½ days.
– The space shuttle takes off like a rocket yet lands like a plane.
– The fuel for the space shuttle is mostly made of oxygen and hydrogen.
– Most space shuttle launches occurred during the day time.
– The first space shuttle test flight took place in 1981.
– The space shuttle completed 135 missions.
– There have been five space shuttles which were named Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, and Atlantis.
– All space shuttles launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
– Before a space shuttle could launch weather conditions such as precipitation, lightning, wind, and humidity were strongly considered.
– Japan successfully landed an unmanned spacecraft on an asteroid, collected samples in 2005. The probe returned to Earth in 2010.
– There is an area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where no longer needed spacecrafts are and have been routinely deposited.
– The CIA once “kidnapped” a Soviet spacecraft overnight, took it apart, studied it, reassembled it, and sent it back without the Soviets realizing.
– The spacecraft Solar Probe Plus will achieve a speed of 432,000 mph, making it the fastest man-made object ever built.
– The British are close to having a single stage spacecraft capable of over 180 spaceflights a year.
– The memory used in the Apollo spacecraft’s computer was based on weaving thin copper wires around magnetic doughnuts.
– The Voyager 1 spacecraft is still alive and well.
– While Armstrong was still on the surface of the moon, a Soviet spacecraft crashed into a Luna mountain range.
– The first view of the far side (or “dark side”) of the moon was carried out in 1959 by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3.
– While in orbit, the space shuttle travels around Earth at a speed of about 17,500 miles (28,000 kilometers) per hour.
– The space shuttle isn’t just a mode of transport: It’s a laboratory, too.
– There have been 22 Spacelab missions where science, astronomy, and physics have been studied inside a special module carried on the space.
– Spacelab, a reusable laboratory built for use on space shuttle flights, allowed scientists to perform experiments in microgravity.
– On the STS-7 mission, the social activities of ant colonies in zero gravity were examined.
– The space shuttle’s Thermal Protection System, or heat shield, contains more than 30,000 tiles that are constructed essentially of sand.
– The first recorded use of the word spacecraft was in 1929. Spaceship was first used in 1880.
– The term flying saucer was coined in 1947. UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) followed in 1953.
– From 1981 to 2011, the five US Space Shuttle craft flew half a billion miles on their 134 flights.
– A spacesuit protects astronauts from extreme temperatures.
– NASA’s first spacewalks took place during the Gemini program.
– Astronauts wear orange spacesuits called ‘launch and entry suits’ during launch and landing of the space shuttle.
– An EVA is a spacewalk that takes place outside of a spacecraft. EVA stands for ‘extravehicular activity.’
– Twelve men have walked on the moon, two each on six different Apollo missions.
– Alan Shepard is the only person to hit a golf ball on the moon.
– The Apollo spacesuit was basically a one-piece suit, which astronauts entered from the back. Each suit was made to fit each astronaut.
– On Oct. 11, 1984, Kathryn Sullivan became the first U.S. woman to walk in space.
– On Feb. 9, 1995, Bernard A. Harris Jr. became the first African-American to perform a spacewalk.
– Cosmonaut Anatoly Solovyev holds the record for the most spacewalks – 16, with a total duration of 82 hours and 22 minutes.
– Putting on a spacesuit takes 45 minutes, including the time it takes to put on the special undergarments that help keep astronauts cool.
– Voyager 1 actually launched after Voyager 2.
– In its final act of photography, Voyager 1 snapped the only existing portrait of our solar system.