” Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are” – Felix Baumgartner
Space and Universe have always been an interesting topic for Humans. It is our curiosity that helped us to invent stuff that made humans to reach other planets and satellites.
There are basically two ways to send information into space, either by signal transmission or blasting up a physical object. Scientists have utilized both the ways, however the latter up is quite interesting.
Along with useful man-made satellites, humans have sent a lot of weird things into Space.
Let’s begin with this bizarre list.
1. Human Sperms
In 2018, SpaceX launched CRS-14, with frozen human and bull sperm. It was launched under the experiment Micro-11. The major aim was studying the movement of sperm without the interference of gravity and to know if human reproduction can be carried out in Space or not.
2. Diagram of human sex organs
This was a part of Voyager Golden Record sent to space. It contained 117 images and a variety of natural sounds. This experiment took place in 1977. Other diagrams included Foetus diagram, human anatomy, human birth and a family portrait.
3. Snowflakes over Sequoia tree
A colored photo was sent. This was also a part of Voyager Golden record sent in 1977. Along with this autumn season, forest images were also sent.
4. Human Ashes
The ashes of Star Trek’s James Doohan was sent to space. He played Scotty on the original television series. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched in 2012 for this purpose.
5. A Sports Car
This was launched by Elon Musk in Falcon Heavy Rocket. Elon’s old red Tesla Roadster along with a mannequin dressed in spacesuit, while be strapped to driver’s seat was set into space.
6. Playboy Magazine
In year 1969, NASA launched Apollo 12 with playboy Magazine. The astronaut on the spaceship also found topless DeDe Lind calendar in one of the lockers which was later auctioned for more than $10,000.
7. LEGO Toys
They were launched in year 2011 in Juno Spacecraft. There were 3 Lego figures in board.
8. Corned Beef Sandwich
It was unofficially smuggled by John Young in year 1965 on Gemini 3 Aircraft. He even shares this Sandwich with his co-pilot Gus Grissom who had an admitted weakness for food.
In year 2000, Pizza Hut paid €790,000 for becoming first pizza company to deliver in the Space. The recipients was Russian astronaut Yuri.
10. A Movie Prop
In year 2007, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber was sent to space in Discovery Shuttlecraft. This was done to mark 30th anniversary of original star wars film in 1977.