Every year World Space Week commemorates outstanding scientific contributions to space exploration, with various companies, academic institutions and agencies developing space-themed educational events all around the world.
This year, the theme is ‘Gateway to the Stars’, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
For our contribution, we at TradeSparky thought it’d be an opportune time to put together a blog post of a handful of interesting sparky space facts.
These facts cover ground from historical knowledge, to wonderful science, to developing technologies, to funny unique astrological tidbits! So, without further ado…
1. Scientists are developing a thermoelectric device that can generate electricity for an LED light bulb from the cold night sky
According to Space.com, researchers at the University of California have utilised a process called radiative cooling, harnessing heat radiated into the atmosphere from the ground. While the power output of the prototype device was much lower than solar power, its ability to harness energy at night is valuable, and it’s simple-composition means it may be particularly scalable!
2. Spacecrafts contact Earth via a radio signal that uses about the same power as a refrigerator lightbulb!
As stated by NASA, this low-powered signal only measures about one-billionth of one-billionth of one watt by the time the signal has travelled across space!
3. A team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are building a machine that can replicate solar winds
The sun emits solar winds which affect technology and more on and around Earth – to gain a better understanding of how solar winds work, a UW-Madison team developed a device that acts as a ‘mini-sun’, according to Popular Mechanics. The team are also using the tech to look at the sun’s plasma ‘burps’, which are described as “blobs in a lava lamp” that are “hundreds of times the size of Earth” – fun!
4. Astronauts often attach a small piece of Velcro to their spacesuit helmets so they can scratch an itch!
We love covering technology news and innovations here at TradeSparky, but this is one of the more obscure ones! With all the vast, unique and incredible technological developments that have gone into space exploration, it’s funny to think how something like Velcro could be so vital to a journey into space. But you don’t want your first steps on the moon to be marred by an annoying itch! (Important to note that the Velcro in spacesuit helmets have no purpose other than to scratch an itch!)
5. Pizza Hut managed to deliver a pizza to the International Space Station (ISS)!
Okay, this isn’t exactly a technical or electrical fact, but we couldn’t resist mentioning this one. According to Business Insider, in 2001 Pizza Hut spent over a million dollars on delivering a pizza to the ISS, and it had to have extra seasonings due to taste buds dulling in space!
So, there you have it, our five sparky Space Week facts!
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