These are the weirdest things in space if you're looking for a list of things in space. Outer space that is. Everything is in space.
In the name of science, NASA and various organizations have sent dozens of random things into outer space. Here are the geekiest and weirdest ones, judged by the geekiness of the senders because in space, no one can hear you snort.
Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber
As an homage to the 1977 classic sci-fi film Star Wars, NASA took the lightsaber that Luke Skywalker himself (Mark Hamill) used to fight the Dark Side and shot it six million miles into space.
In fact, the Jedi weapon was personally sent off in the presence of Chewbacca himself, interestingly enough.
After the six million mile journey in space, the elegant weapon (for a more civilized age) handcrafted by the finest Jedi since his father was then returned to LucasFilm, so now it could very well be stored deep within the Disney Vault.
The Ashes of Scotty and the Creator of Star Trek
Leave it to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to request part of his ashes to be sent into space. In 1992, a lipstick-sized capsule was delivered to outer space by the space shuttle Columbia on its STS-52 mission. Roddenberry (or the remains of Roddenberry) orbited the Earth before eventually disintegrating in the atmosphere allowing Trekkies and Trekkers alike point at the skies and tell their children that up there, somewhere, it was Gene.
Another capsule was sent the same way in 1997 on Pegasus XL.
But wait, there's more!
James Doohan, better known as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on Star Trek, decided that he too wanted his ashes to travel into space. In fact, this idea for his final resting place was, coincidentally, given to him by Gene Roddenberry.A 2012 space trip sent the rest of Roddenberry's and his wife Majal's ashes into space along with digitized fan letters. Unfortunately for Roddenberry, he got stuck with all the odd-numbered ash scatterings and those are ALWAYS the worst.
Tardigrades, or "water bears," are microscopic eight-legged critters known to survive extreme temperatures, tons of radiation, and nearly a decade without water on Earth. So what did science decide to do? Basically put them in a gladiatorial ring by saying, "You want more, do you?... Well..."
Since these little guys (who kind of look, adorably, like porpoises) can pretty much withstand ANYTHING, we thought we'd send them into space, see what happens.
In September 2008, these creatures proved their survival in the extreme environment of outer space. Upon their return to Earth, it was clear that these cute little invertebrates survived in perfect health.I, for one, welcome our new, microscopic, tiny-handed overlords.
Inflatable Space Station
It seems that anyone can get in on the space ‘game’ nowadays provided you have enough money to throw at it. Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas is an operation run by space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow and in July 2006 him and his team successfully launched their pathfinder mission – Genesis I. The whole project centers on the implementation of Earth orbiting inflatable modules. No really it does.These habitable structures are designed to serve as lodgings for tourists but also bases for research and manufacturing. The idea of giant bouncy castles floating in orbit doesn’t sound like cutting edge technology, but then again, when they said they were going to put a giant telescope into space there were plenty of skeptics.