23 Facts That Challenge Your Beliefs About Outer Space

Look, we know when we look up at the sky and see a shooting star, it's not actually the Death Star exploding in a galaxy far, far away. And we also know that the Federation blasting the Borg to space dust doesn't look or sound accurate to what would actually happen. But that's the kind of stuff we can suspend our disbelief for, and it's not like everything else we see is that far off, right?

Wrong! (You knew that was coming.) With the help of Starfleet Admiral AuntieMeme, it's time to uncover the great many things we've all been wrong about when it comes to the final frontier.

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How do astronauts stand astronaut food? UNEES CPREAD IHeSe Cendr EIS 4127300142 Ade Easy. In space, you can't taste anything. Because of the lack of g

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You might think that an astronaut without a helmet would explode lAke a balloon. But actually, aside from the lack of air, they'd be okay. Human skin

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One fun thing about zero gravity is that you get taller. And it hurts like crazy. The human spine is a very nerve-dense part of your body, and stretch

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Running from an Evil Empire? No problem, just duck nto an asteroid field. And immediately get caught, because the asteroids are hundreds of thousands

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Think it'd be romantic to be an astronaut? HHH It's not. There is absolutely no sex. For one thing, there's no privacy. For another, being in space lo

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If the Hubble has taught us anything it's that space is surprisingly colorful. Actually, maybe not. The Hubble doesn't have a color camera. The images

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You need good eyesight, to become an astronaut. And if you stay in space too long, you might lose it. Out in space, there's no atmosphere to protect y

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Putin wants to establish a Russian colony on the Moon by 2030. Maybe he hasn't heard of moon dust. It's a dense powder that sticks to everything it to

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Ah, the beautiful, vast emptiness of spaceo Except around the Earth. That's filled with garbage. There are about 5,500 tons of space junk up above our

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If we ever left the Solar System to explore strange new worlds, the Earth would be here waiting for us. Except that the solar system is constantly mov

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Isn't t graceful how everyone moves So slowly. In space? It's actually nothing at all like waltz music. Objects in zero gravity move faster than norma

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You probably think of astronauts as the picture of health. But the truth is, they're screwed if they get sick. Strike one: The immune system grows wea

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We might not agree on whether Pluto's a planet but we all know it's blue, right? Wrong. It's brown. NASA'S New Horizons spacecraft recently reached Pl

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Can't wait for the day when we can jump to lIight speed and watch the stars whiz by It's never going to happen. NASA put together a demonstration of w

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Astronauts' lives are very structured. Right down to mandatory recreation time. The crew on the Skylab 4 mission got So stressed-out and overextended

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You probably know that astronauts work out a lot. You might not know that they'll pass out, if they don't. In space, your heart gets smaller and weake

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There's no water in space, and you're certainly in no danger from what little you bring with you. Except that you could drown. It nearly happened to I

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If you went to the Moon, the most awesome part would be the dark side. Sorry, no. It doesn't exist. It's true that the moon has one side facing the Ea

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Sc-f might have convinced you that space ships are, well, spacious. They're actually insanely cramped. In an actual space craft, every inch is devoted

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You might think you can tell which way a comet is headed, by its tail. You'd be wrong. A comet actually has two tails, and they both point away from t

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Don't go anywhere near a black hole. Itll Hoover you up lke a dust bunny Except they still have to obey the laws of physics. Black holes are not irres

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Taking a dump In space tisn't so bad, once you master the suction toilets. And figure out when you have to go. Gravity plays a surprisingly large role

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Weightlessness sure looks lke fun. AL It is, until your body starts reabsorbing your bones. Prolonged weightlessness convinces the body that its bones