36 Celestial Bits of Trivia Which, When Witnessed by the Ancients, Were Thought to Be a Punishment for the Sins of Man

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36 Celestial Bits of Trivia Which, When Witnessed by the Ancients, Were Thought to Be a Punishment for the Sins of Man

How far will we travel for the juiciest facts in the cosmos? Well, as we’ve learned on our intergalactic quest, the length of our journey can be measured in both distance and time. Because the celestial bodies we gaze upon are so far away that we see them as they were millions of years ago. Cue three dastardly sharp musical notes and an extreme close-up of our wide eyes!

There's a permanent vortex constantly swirling over the South Pole of Venus. It rotates incredibly quickly - once every 44 hours. Which isn't so unusual, since Venus' atmosphere rotates 60 times faster than Venus. CRACKED.COM

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Buzz Aldrin took communion on the moon The wafer and wine were the first food consumed on the moon's surface. Neil Armstrong respectfully watched but didn't comment on the Christian sacrement. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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There are 96 bags of human waste on the moon. They were left behind by the six Apollo Missions. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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BACKWARDS AND UPSIDE DOWN CRACKED.COM Venus constantly has its shirt tag out and on its chest. A massive collision with another celestial body tilted Venus so far off its axis that it's now upside down and rotating backwards. The sun rises in the west and sets in the east, and that's just confusing.

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Historical Pranks JUMPING TO EXPERIENCE LOWER GRAVITY On April 1, 1976, Sir Patrick Moore, an astronomer on BBC Radio 2, tricked people into believing that if they jumped at 9:47 a.m., they would feel the effects of Pluto and Jupiter aligning and temporarily reducing Earth's gravity. CRACKED

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YOUR HEART WEAKENS IN SPACE. OVHD TIPO YOUR ONL Y REMEDY? CONSTANT EXERCISE. You have to exercise a good 2.5 hours a day, every day, as long as you're out there. You'll spend those hours strapped into one of the three exercise contraptions available, forever grinding in a tiny room that's filled with cables and presumably smells like jock straps. CRACKED.COM

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ROMANCE IS FORBIDDEN AMONG ASTRONAUTS. NASA SAYS COUPLES CAN'T SHARE A SHIP. The one exception was when the couple married right before launch, and it was too late to change plans. NASA knows the true power of love is its ability to make even brilliant people turn crazy. That simply can't be allowed to happen on a starship. CRACKED.COM

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We don't know what Neil Armstrong took to the moon. His record for his personal property kit has never been made public. During his moon trip, he took an unscheduled visit to Little West crater, off-camera. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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If NASA's funding stayed at Apollo levels, they were planning a manned mission to Mars by 1983 The Space Task Group planned to develop a lunar orbit station in 1978 and a lunar surface base in 1980. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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