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The 9 Geekiest Things Sent Into Space

Updated June 22, 2020 718 votes 214 voters 78.3k views9 items

We have sent a lot of strange things into space, and there is no sign that we will stop putting weird things into space any time soon. From light sabers to sea urchins, it doesn't seem like there is any limit to what we will send into space. Another thing we have sent into space is bacteria. Scientists were curious about what would happen to bacteria in space, and they found the answer after they sent some salmonella for a journey and then tested it on animals when it came back to earth. They found that the space bacteria had grown much stronger. Because of that, cleanliness in space is of utmost importance. The cost of sending things into space are very high so it must have cost one space tourist a lot of money to get a seat on a rocket headed to the International Space Station. It takes a huge amount of energy to get a rocket free of Earth's gravitational field and for each additional body you have to add a lot of weight in terms of body mass as well as all of the supplies that each person needs to survive.

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.

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    Inflatable Space Station

    It seems that anyone can get in on the space "game" nowadays, provided they have enough money to throw at it. In July 2006, space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow and his team at Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas successfully launched their pathfinder mission: Genesis I. The project centers on the implementation of Earth-orbiting inflatable modules. These habitable structures are designed to serve as lodgings for tourists, but also bases for research and manufacturing.

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    Bird Droppings

    Bird Droppings
    Photo: Sergey Ashmarin / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

    This is geeky because it falls in that same kind of Revenge of the Nerds clumsiness we expect from any kind of social hermit, so technically this might be a little more "nerdy." Nonetheless, this is pretty interesting and will allow you a get out of jail free card with people who don't respect you.

    The space shuttle Discovery sported some white guano spatters three weeks prior to liftoff, and despite regular Florida thunderstorms, they were still there upon takeoff... and were still there when the shuttle returned.

    During launch, the shuttle was sprayed with 300,000 gallons of water and the craft accelerated from zero to 17,500 mph in just under nine minutes. Despite such a voyage, the shuttle was still sporting the white blotches on the aircraft as it blasted into space.

     

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    Android Phone

    A true science geek proposed The "Astdroid" project. This man's name was Danny Pier. The Astdroid Project was a venture to send an Android smartphone into space. In 2010, Danny, a then 25-year-old self-proclaimed computer nerd, was confident he could create a weather balloon with an HTC Evo (running the Android OS) to track its journey into space with its camera, transmitter, computing power, and GPS technology.

     

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    Salmonella

    Salmonella
    Photo: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Awesome nerdy scientists created what can only be described as the WORST THING EVER. These Kilowog-looking bacteria are actually super-charged, super-powered Salmonella, out to destroy the Earth. This is the closest that we've come to a Fantastic Four effect so far. If all of this meant nothing to you, basically it means these purple and green things came back from space super-powered (by which we mean "more potent").

    In September 2006, a space shuttle blasted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with tubes containing Salmonella typhimurium to see how space travel affected germs.

    Upon return, after feeding the space germs to mice, scientists found that the microbes turned into super-bugs and became stronger and more deadly than ever. The mice were more likely to get sick and died quicker than others that were fed the identical germs that remained on Earth. They discovered that the genetic behavior had altered and became three times more potent. They were also more virulent and resistant to high temperatures, acidic conditions and white blood cells.

     

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