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29-01-04, 22:01
1/ Mount Rainier erupts around every 500 years.

2/ There are over 100 billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy.

3/ Scientists have discovered over 20 planets outside our solar system.

4/ Organisms can live in temperatures up to 133 centigrade.

5/ There is clear geological evidence that there has been water on Mars.

6/ NASA missions in 2003 and 2005 will collect rocks from Mars.

7/ Living organisms on Earth can thrive as deep as 2 miles down.

8/ Jupiter's moon, Europa, is completely covered in ice.

9/ We can produce laser light a million times brighter than sunshine.

10/ The fastest spacecraft can go 40,000 mph.

11/ Babies conceived by ivf are more likely to die during infancy.

12/ The surface of Mars is the same area as the Earth's continents.

13/ In the US the average vehicle is 5.6 years old.

14/ On May 3rd 1999 an outbreak of 76 tornadoes struck Oklahoma and Kansas with wind speeds of up to 318 mph.

15/ Jumbo Jets have carried the equivalent of 1.6 million passengers to the Moon and back.

16/ Volcanoes on Io eject material at speeds of 2000 mph.

17/ The Sun takes about 220 million years to make one revolution of the Milky Way.

18/ A human heart beats 100,000 times a day.

19/ Every heartbeat pumps 1/15th of a pint of blood.

20/ The first bicycle was manufactured in 1817.

21/ Our Sun contains almost 1000 times more matter than all the planets put together.

22/ Spaceprobe Voyager 2 visited four planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune between 1979 and 1989.

23/ Mercury's "day" - sunrise to sunrise - is longer than its year.

24/ The day of Venus is 117 Earth days long.

25/ Venus is so hot its surface glows in the dark.

26/ Venus rotates backwards, as compared to all the other planets.

27/ The largest island on Earth is Greenland. It covers 840,070 square miles.

28/ At 320 miles long, the Lambert-Fisher glacier in Antarctica is the longest glacier in the world.

29/ The deepest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Baikal in Russia. It is just over a mile deep.

30/ In 1957 in Sputnik 2 the first dog, Laika was launched into space.

31/ Venus's clouds are made of concentrated sulfuric acid.

32/ Mars has the biggest volcano in the Solar System, Olympus Mons - large enough to cover Spain, and three times the height of Everest.

33/ Astronomers have discovered over 10,000 asteroids - but put them together and they would be smaller than the Moon.

34/ Jupiter is big enough to swallow all the other planets.

35/ The Empire State Building in New York contains 60,000 tons of steel and 6,500 windows.

36/ Hippos have killed more than 400 people in Africa - more than any other wild animal.

37/ Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a hurricane three times the size of planet Earth.

38/ The Empire State building is served by 73 lifts.

39/ Halley's comet appears every 76 years and can next be seen in 2061.

40/ A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

41/ The Earth's weighs 5,974,000,000,000,000,000,000 tonnes.

42/ Saturn's cloud covered moon Titan is covered with lakes of liquefied ethane natural gas.

43/ Uranus spins on its side as it orbits the Sun.

44/ Neptune's moon Triton has volcanoes erupting black soot.

45/ On a dark, clear night you can see 2,500 individual stars.

46/ The first reported nova - erupting star - was in China in 1300 BC.

47/ Amateur astronomers have discovered over 130 supernovas.

48/ An exploding supernova can outshine an entire galaxy of stars.

49/ A black hole with the same mass as the Sun is only six miles across.

50/ The centre of our Galaxy contains a giant black hole, weighing as much as 2.5 million of our Suns.

51/ A typical interstellar gas cloud contains enough alcohol to fill the Earth!

52/ Radiation from the Big Bang was first detected in 1964 in Bell Telephone Labs in New Jersey.

53/ Over 90 per cent of the Universe consists of invisible 'dark matter'.

54/ The Universe has no edge - and no centre.

55/ In 1998 it was discovered that the Universe is accelerating: Its expansion is getting faster and faster.

56/ The world's biggest telescopes - Keck 1 and Keck 2 - each have a mirror half the size of a tennis court.

57/ Gamma ray bursts - mysterious explosions at the edge of the Universe - were first detected in 1969 by military satellites monitoring the Test Ban Treaty.

58/ In 1926, Robert Goddard's first rocket reached a height of 40 feet.

59/ The first radio message transmitted through space pre-dated satellites. The US Navy radioed Washington to Hawaii in 1954 by bouncing a signal off the Moon.

60/ Clocks aboard the GPS navigation satellites are accurate to one second in 300,000 years.
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30-01-04, 02:32
Wow....those facts are almost to unbelievable to be true :eek: Thanks chocco http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

30-01-04, 02:39
Originally posted by chocco:
54/ The Universe has no edge - and no centre.thats actually quite fascinating, i always thought that the centre of the universe was where you are as you stand EG: if you were on venus, then to you your in the centre, i always do think that my theories are a little stupd though.
Thanks for the facts, you never know when stuff like this may come in handy

[ 30. January 2004, 02:52: Message edited by: Genocide ]