Though I stopped doing a Twitter weird science fact (#weirdscifacts) a day early this year, I’m still occasionally posting facts as I come across them. Here’s a collection of a few tidbits I came across over the past couple of months!
754. July 7: Behold the Boötes void, the spookiest place in the cosmos! Space is really, really empty, but there are regions of space that are even emptier than that!
756. July 30: In 1968, there was an experiment to see if an astronaut can imitate falling movements of a cat. This may sound weird, but it was a great way to study how astronauts can move in space wearing bulky suits. (h/t @astVintageSpace)
757. August 13: Sand on the beaches of Normandy is up to 4% shrapnel. This WWII “war sand” is a haunting reminder of the deadly carnage that occurred there.
760. Aug 31: Project Orion: the 1950s-era idea to power a spaceship with nuclear bombs. In that era, people had all sorts of ideas for nuclear bombs that didn’t involve nuking Russia. See, for instance, my previous #weirdscifacts on Edward Teller’s “Operation Chariot“. (h/t @encephalartos)