From Super-Secret Spacecraft to Volcanoes in Outer Space, Extraterrestrial Facts to Blow Your Mind!
The new book by Dean Regas will take you to the Moon, the planets, the stars, and beyond. Facts from Space let's you see what it is like to orbit the Earth (the good, the bad, and the smelly), visit the Mars rovers, sail the methane seas of Titan, and gawk and the geysers of Enceladus. What lies below the icy surface of Europa? What's it like to see a triple sunset on Alpha Centauri? What lies in the heart of darkness inside a black hole? These and many more facts will be explored as you take this guided tour of the universe. 3-2-1- blast off!
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When the first person in space, Yuri Gagarin returned to Earth he landed in a field more than 100 miles off target. The first people he saw were a farmer and his daughter. Wearing a bright orange spacesuit and dragging his parachute behind him, Gagarin had to reassure them that he was a human and said, "I am a Soviet citizen like you, who has descended from space, and I must find a telephone to call Moscow!"
ISS Lost and Found
If you lose something onboard the International Space Station, check the vents. With almost no gravity, miscellaneous items tend to gather at the air intake registers
It's not lunacy. Moon experts can look at a picture of the moon and, based on its orientation, phase, and location in the sky, can tell you approximately what time of night and what day of the year the photo was taken.
NASA scientists are currently debating what team of people would be best suited for a long mission to Mars. To help alleviate the social isolation that a two-year space mission would entail, some psychologists suggest that it should be comprised of married couples. What do you think? Good idea or bad idea?
The discoverers of the dwarf planet Eris originally gave it the nickname, 'Xena' from the TV series, 'Xena, the Warrior Princess.' They later gave it the official name of Eris, from the goddess of discord in Greek mythology. However Eris has one moon named Dysnomia, which means, 'lawlessness,' in ancient Greek. According to codiscoverer Mike Brown, the name's connection to Lucy Lawless, the actress who played Xena, is pure coincidence.
This Way to the Center of the Galaxy
When you find the constellation Sagittarius in the sky, take special note. Peer deeply past the stars and into the further blackness of that space. In that direction, 25,000 light years away, is the center of our galaxy - the center of the Milky Way.
With almost 1000 other facts, this book will let you explore the universe without leaving the Earth.
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