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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 upto 34 cm per year but according to the most credible sources this ratio is 2.5 cm per year.

Mercury, Venus, earth and Mars being closest to the Sun are called the inner planets.

A manned rocket reaches the moon in less time than it took a stagecoach to travel the length of England.

Neil Armstrong stepped with hus left foot on the Moon.(That is if he really went there.)

A 100 Earths can easily fit into the Jupiter's great red spot.

Light reflecting off the moon takes 1.2822 seconds to reach Earth.

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Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise, all others revolve anti-clockwise.

Jupiter's moon, Europa is completely covered with ice.

The first woman in space was a Russian called Valentina Tereshkova.

A thousand Earths can easily fit into the planet Jupiter.

Jupiter rotates faster than any planet in the Solar System.

If you shouted in space, no one would be able to listen to you even if they were right next to you.

The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is in fact a hurricane-like storm system. It was first detected in the early 1600's.

A car traveling 100 mph would take more than 29 million years to reach the nearest star.

The nearest known black hole is 1,600 light years (10 quadrillion miles/16 quadrillion kilometers) away.

Approximately 115 tons of ocean salt spray enters the earth's atmosphere each second.

The Martian atmosphere is mostly made up of Carbon Dioxide.

In space, astronauts are unable to cry properly. Reason for this is the lack of gravity in space, so the tears can't flow down their faces due to the lack of gravity.

One of Mars' moons, Phobos, is moving closer and closer to Mars. Scientists think that one day it will crash into Mars.

If you went out into space, you would explode before you suffocated because there's no air pressure.

The mass of Jupiter is about 70% of the total mass of all the other planets in our Solar System.

Soil in the Martian arctic circle contains calcium carbonate, which usually forms in the presence of water.

Each day, more than 20 million meteoroids would enter Earth's atmosphere.

Saturn's moon Titan is larger than the planet Mercury.

Saturn has a massive magnetic field.

The temperature difference between the poles and the equator is very small on Saturn.

Because it lacks a rocky surface like Earth, centrifugal forces cause Saturn to bulge in the middle and flatten at the poles.

Saturn's rings are made up of billions of pieces of rocks and dust which vary in size from the size size of a sand grain to the size greater than that of a sky scraper.

Winds on Saturn are often well above 1,100 miles per hour.

Saturn has no solid surface. It is a giant ball of gas, but it does have a solid inner core.


Dec 5, 2009 4:46pm
Space fascinates and confuses me. Good info thanks
Jan 1, 2010 8:03pm
Thanks for the fabulous space facts!
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