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The 10 Geekiest Things Sent Into Space  

Mark Holmes
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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 and so because of that cleanliness in space is of utmost importance. The costs 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.

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.
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Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber
Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 10 Geekiest Things Sent Into Space
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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.
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The Ashes of Scotty and the Creator of Star Trek
The Ashes of Scotty and the Cr... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 10 Geekiest Things Sent Into Space
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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.
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Tardigrades is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 10 Geekiest Things Sent Into Space
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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.
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Anything You Want!
Anything You Want! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 10 Geekiest Things Sent Into Space
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A company in California, Masten Space Systems in Santa Clara, is offering you - yes you- the chance to send anything you want into space and back, as long as it'll fit in a Coke can and isn't too heavy.

Along with increasingly common and affordable CubeSats, these CanSats have been flying for years on smaller rockets as part of high school engineering and science fair projects. So you know those things we're not allowed to throw into the sea? Let's throw them into the place that protects us from rays and affects the life-giving sunlight that comes into our planet!

No really, there are many, many practical and research applications for CubeSats, but wouldn't it be fun to just send something into space for the most petty reasons? "Now he'll NEVER find his freaking keys!"
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