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The planet Venus rotates clockwise that’s opposite to the other planets in our solar system.

The planet Uranus is the only one in our solar system that rotates on its side.

Jupiter is the fastest rotating planet, which can complete one revolution in less than ten hours.

Neptune was the first planet in our solar system to be discovered by mathematics.

Pluto is the only planet in our solar system that has not been visited by a spacecraft.

There are between 145 and 167 moon in our solar system depending on how you count the moons.

Every 238 years, the orbits of Neptune and Pluto change making Neptune at times the farthest planet from the sun.


The three most recently discovered planets were Uranus in 1781, Neptune in 1846 and Pluto in 1930.

The Great Comet of 1843 had a tail that was over 300 kms (186 mile) long.

Robert Goddard a scientist and holder of 214 patents fired the first rocket using liquid propellant in 1926.

The USSR launched the world’s first man-made artificial satellite, to circle the earth was Sputnik I, launched in 1957.

The first American satellite in orbit, Explorer I, was launched February 1st, 1958.

In 1958 the United States sent three mice into space named, Mia, Laska and Benji.


In 1959, the Soviet space probe “Luna Two” became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.

The first spacecraft to visit the planet Venus was Mariner 2 in 1962.

In 1962 astronaut John Glenn ate the first meal in space when he ate pureed applesauce squeezed from a tube aboard Friendship 7.

In 1968, “Apollo Seven,” the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard.

On February 7th, 1969 a meteorite weighing over 1 ton fell in Chihuahua, Mexico.

“Happy Birthday” was the first song to be performed in outer space, sung by the Apollo IX astronauts on March 8th, 1969.

Sunday, July 20th, 1969: Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, Edwin Aldrin was the second. They were members of Apollo X1 and landed in the Sea of Tranquillity. The Lunar Excursion Module was named the ‘Eagle’. Michael Collins stayed onboard the mother ship, ‘Columbia’.


Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to enter space. She spent three days in space and completed forty-eight orbits of Earth.

Seven asteroids were especially named for the Challenger astronauts who were killed in the 1986 failed launch of the space shuttle.

In 1989, the space shuttle Discovery carried 32 fertilized chicken eggs into orbit.

The only married couple to fly together in space were Jan Davis and Mark Lee, who flew aboard the Endeavor space shuttle from Sept 12th–20th, 1992.

A meteor has only destroyed one satellite, which was the European Space Agency’s Olympus in 1993.

In February 1865 and February 1999 are the only months in recorded history not to have a full moon.


The external tank on space shuttles is not painted. It is the only part of the shuttle that is lost after launch, so it is not necessary to worry about metal corrosion.

In only eight minutes, the Space Shuttle can accelerate to a speed of 27,000 k.p.h. (16,780 m.p.h.).

There was a post office on the Russian space station Mir. Visiting cosmonauts would use unique postal ‘markers’ to stamp envelopes and other items as having flown aboard the Mir space station.

The Hubble telescope is so powerful that it is like pointing a beam of light at a ten cent piece that is two hundred miles away.

If you were standing on Mercury, the Sun would appear 2.5 times larger than it appears from Earth.

The first American astronaut in space was Alan B. Shepard Jr.


The word ‘comet’ comes from the Greek word ‘kometes’ meaning long hair and referring to the tail.

One Neptune year lasts 165 Earth years.

It takes the Hubble telescope about 97 minutes to complete an orbit of the Earth. On average, the Hubble uses the equivalent amount of energy as 30 household light bulbs to complete an orbit.

There are over one hundred billion galaxies with each galaxy having billions of stars.

Our galaxy has approximately 250 billion stars.

Astronomers once believed a planet named Vulcan existed between Mercury and the Sun.

The ancient Greeks had a fascination with the planet Mars. They attributed the planet to Ares, their god of war, because of its red colour.

All the moons of the Solar System are named after Greek and Roman mythology, except the moons of Uranus, which are named after Shakespearean characters.


Jupiter’s moon Ganymede is the largest moon in our Solar System and is larger than Mercury and Pluto.

Olympus Mons on Mars is the largest volcano in our solar system.

On a clear night in the Northern Hemisphere the naked eye can discern some 5000 stars.

The International Space Station weighs about 454 tonne (500 tons) and is the same size as a football field.

What we call the sky is merely the limit of our vision into the atmosphere. The sky, like the horizon, is at all times as far away as one can see.

A galactic year is 250 million Earth-years. This is the time it takes for our solar system to make one revolution around the Milky Way Galaxy.



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