Space (2019 | Issue 1)

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The mysteries of the universe have long fascinated us. There’s so much more out there to know and quite a bit we already know. What’s Up, Germany? has collected some intriguing and incredible facts about space. Enjoy!

The word astronaut comes from two Greek words: astron, which means star, and nautes, meaning sailor. It literally means star sailor!
(Astronotes)

If two pieces of metal touch in space, they get stuck together permanently. This is called cold welding.
(Mental Floss)

All of the planets in our solar system could fit between Earth and the moon!
(Universe Today)

In 2016, Germany was the top contributor to the European Space Agency’s annual budget.
(European Space Agency)

A NASA space suit costs $12 million! Seventy percent of that cost is for the backpack and the control module.
(The Planets)

The German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt used the term outer space as early as 1845. HG Wells later popularised it in his writings in 1901.
(Cosmos & Online Etymology Dictionary)

Setting a new world record, India launched 104 satellites from a single rocket in 2017!
(WSJ Video)

The Apollo astronauts have literally left their mark on the moon. Their footprints will be there for a million years, since there is no wind to blow them away!
(NASA)

Astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water in the universe. It holds 140 trillion times more water than found in Earth’s oceans and surrounds a huge black hole called a quasar some 12 billion light-years away!
(NASA)

The sun is a million times bigger than our planet Earth!
(UCSB Science Life)