What would you do if we told you that you could be a victim of sneaky space lies? But don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most of us have been victims to wrong information when it comes to space. Our knowledge of the universe is changing so fast that even the smartest astronomers have to constantly keep up with the new information. It’s not easy. So how many of these space lies do you believe? Find out with these 25 sneaky lies you were told about space!
Astronauts are weightless in orbit
Well, sort of. The only reason you see them floating around in the space shuttle is because the shuttle is actually in free fall with the astronauts inside it. So why don’t they smash into the Earth? Simplistically, they are moving too fast laterally and so they keep missing the ground. That’s right, they just keep falling over the horizon.
The sun is yellow
It’s actually white. The reason it looks yellow most of the time is because of the distortion from our atmosphere.
Your mobile phone uses satellites
Usually, no. 99% of communication travels via undersea cables. Only a small portion is bounced off of satellites.
It would be dangerous to fly through an asteroid belt
If you’ve seen Star Wars, then you know what we’re talking about. The truth, however, is that if you actually did fly through an asteroid belt, you probably wouldn’t even notice. The density of asteroids is significantly lower than Hollywood leads us to believe.
The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space
Nope, the Great Wall isn’t actually all that visible. From the ISS, at about 250 miles up, you can see the Great Wall along with numerous other man-made structures, but it’s definitely not the most visible imprint of man on our planet.
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