25 Useless Facts About Space That Are Still Cool To Know

Space is awesome, even astonishing, and there are many reasons to be excited about the discoveries which have already been made and continue to be made in the great beyond. But, this list isn’t about the wonders of space or how cool the universe around us is. Rather, it’s about a host of facts which are completely useless, random, or mostly irrelevant. (Though, if you’re an amateur astronomer, you’re likely to find all of these to be cool facts.) Did you know South Korea spent a million dollars just to make a stench-free plate of kimchi? How about how many human remains have been launched out among the stars? Or that a vapor cloud with water 140 trillion times more massive than all the water in our oceans combined exists? From the cost of a NASA space suit to a planet which is a massive engagement ring, there are plenty of facts we’ve learned about space that haven’t really furthered our discovery or which are just plain pointless. Enjoy the worthlessness in this list of 25 Useless Facts About Space That Are Still Cool To Know.

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Changing tastes among the stars

AstronautsEatingBurgersSource: Chicago Tribune, Image: Wikipedia

Astronauts’ food preferences change when they’re floating around space. International Space Station astronaut Peggy Whitson says her favorite Earth food, shrimp, is positively revolting to her in space.


An ungrateful prize committee

edwin hubbleSource: Chicago Tribune, Image: hubble_esa via Flickr

One of the most influential cosmologists in history, Edwin Hubble has a crater, planetarium, asteroid, and even the famous Hubble Space Telescope named after him. Despite his contributions to the field of astronomy, Hubble never received the Nobel Prize because the Nobel Committee did not have a category for astronomy and refused to include astronomy with physics at the time.


A suit way pricier than Versace

STS-131_Spacesuit_Fit_Check_1Source: The Planets, Image: Wikimedia

A useless space fact for us but useful for the finance team, the cost of an entire NASA space suit is 12 million dollars.


Neil Armstrong wasn't born to be an actor

Neil_Armstrong_On_The_MoonSource: Chicago Tribune, Image: Wikimedia

Actors have plenty of lines to remember and only rarely mess one up. Neil Armstrong had one line to say when he became the first man on the moon and he botched it. Armstrong was supposed to say “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” He left out the “a”, making the sentence redundant.


Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! Betel…

Comparison_of_planets_and_starsSource: Freeman Institute, Image: Wikipedia

The popularly-cited star (and a name you shouldn’t try to say three times), Betelgeuse is a red star that is so massive its diameter is larger than the diameter of Earth’s entire orbit around our best-known star, the sun.

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