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Posted by air_lifter Sunday, May 23, 2010 ,


1. The Earth spins at 1,000 mph (1,610 kph) but it travels through space at an incredible 67,000 mph (107,826 kph).

2. Every year, over one million earthquakes shake the Earth.

3. The Earth is 4.56 billion years old…the same age as the Moon and the Sun.

4. In 5 billion years the Sun will run out of fuel and turn into a Red Giant.

5. It would take over an hour for a heavy object to sink 6.7 miles (10.8 kilometres) down to the deepest part of the ocean.

6. Around a million, billion neutrinos from the Sun will pass through your body while you read this sentence.

7. Every hour the Universe expands by a billion miles in all directions.

8.
Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system with surface temperature above 450 C.

9. If we are to believe scientists there are approximately 50,000,000,000 galaxies "out there". there might be even more than that however

10. Our moon is extremely dry, it is for instance one million times drier than a earth desert.

11. The highest recorded temperature on Earth was measured in Libya in 1922, and it was 58°C.

12. The lowest recorded temperature on our planet was -89.6°C. This was measured in Antarctica in 1983.

13. Not all animals on our planet have brains, for instance starfish do not have brains.

14. Our brain isn't much different than the rest of our body in terms of water since 80 % of our brain is water.

15. Our brain for proper functioning needs about quarter of total oxygen used by our body.

16. Ants are so hardworking that they even do not sleep.

17. Our fingernails are growing much faster than our toenails, about 4 times faster.

18. Talking about the hot stuff - The highest temperature produced in a laboratory was 920,000,000 F (511,000,000 C) at the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor in Princeton, NJ, USA.

19. Hurricanes cause havoc which is really no surprise since a typical hurricane produces the energy equivalent to 8,000 one megaton bombs.

20. In case you have ever wondered why giraffes are such a quiet animals it is because they have no vocal chords to make any noise.

21. In Mercury, a day is longer than a year. Note that the rotation in its axis makes a day while the revolution around the sun makes a year.

22. Sun loses 360 million tonnes of material each day as its fuel burns.

23. Astronauts can become upto 2 inches taller returning from space.This happens because the cartilage disks in the spine expand in the absence of gravity.

24. Methane is extremely potent greenhouse gas and cows are among the largest methane emitters with each domestic cow emitting about 105 pounds of methane a year.

25. The fastest spacecraft till the date can cruise at 40,000 mph (67,374 kph).

26. Fetuses react to rock music by responsing with a continous kick inside mother's belly.

27. Average male brain is larger than average female brain (1,4 kg to 1,25 kg).

28. Polar bears would make perfect thieves since they cannot be detected by infrared cameras because of their transparent fur.

29. Average person breathes about 10 million times a year.

30. It snows in the upper atmosphere of Mars but vaporizes before reaching the ground.

31. There was a time when Mars had large amounts of surface water. Proof of this facts have been fund on certain valleys and canyons.

32. Saturn's rings are about 500,000 miles in circumference but only about a foot thick.

33. December 21st 1968, was the first time that humans actually left the Earth, when Apollo 8 became the first manned space vehicle to leave Earth orbit and to orbit the Moon.

34. A satellite launched by Britain was called Black Arrow.

35. Our moon is in fact moving away from Earth at a rate of about 2.5 cm per year. There are different statistics for the moon's rate of moving way from the Earth, some claim the rate of moon's moving away from the Earth is up to 34 cm per year but according to the most credible sources it moves 2.5 cm away from Earth each year.

36. Buzz Aldrin's(second man on the moon) mother's maiden name was "Moon".

37. Did you know that astronauts cannot burp in space?

38. It is said that just 20 seconds worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11's lunar module landed on the moon.

39. A comet's tail always points from the sun.

40. Every day, Earth accumulate 10 to 100 tons of material.

41. The largest found meteorite was found in Hoba, Namibia. It weighed 60 tons.

42. Did you know that the heart of an astronaut actually gets smaller when in outer space?

43. The earth is .02 degrees hotter during a full moon.

44. Some large asteroids even have their own moon.

45. On average, Saturn is 886 million miles away from the Sun.

46. Saturn's density is less than water on average, although this fact is a bit misleading. As one looks deeper into the planets gas surface, density rises well above water.

47. Jupiter has 60 known moons, but some of them are quite small and look fainter.

48. A 100 pound object on Earth would weight 116 pounds on Saturn.

49. Mars is red because it is rusty. There is a lot of iron in the soil, and the air on Mars has made it turn red-just like rusty iron on Earth.

50. It takes about 29.46 Earth years for Saturn to complete its orbit around the sun.

51. Mars complete its orbit around the Sun in 687 days.

52. The atmosphere of Saturn comprises mostly of Hydrogen and Helium.

53. At its brightest, Mars outshines every other planet apart from Venus.

54. Only moon of Saturn to have an atmosphere out of its thirty satellites is Titan.

55. Jupiter has a mass 318 times greater than the Earth's and a diameter that is 11 times larger.

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