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 . The astronauts of Apollo 11 could not get life insurance. They signed their photographs so that their family could get money after selling them.


. The term “astronaut” is derived from Greek words “astro”, which means star, and “naut” which means “sailor”.


. To be an astronaut, you have to be taller than 5’2” and shorter than 6’3”.


. On a daily basis, astronauts aboard the International Space Station see fifteen sunrises and fifteen sunsets.


. any shooting stars that you see are actually astronaut poop burning up on its way down the atmosphere.

. On absentee ballots, astronauts' address is indicated as "low-Earth" orbit, so they can cast their votes even while in space.


. Observable from 6,700 points on Earth, the International Space Station travels at a speed of 7.66 kilometres per second.


. Some astronauts have described the aroma of space as "smeared steak," while have that it tastes like strawberries.


. Astronauts can lose up to 22% of their blood while in space, due to microgravity.


. One of the initial meals eaten by the first humans to set foot on the moon, Buzz Aldrin and Neal Armstrong, was bacon cubes. The full meal included four bacon cubes, three sugar cookies, peaches, pineapple-grapefruit drink, and coffee.


. Valentina Vladímirovna Tereshkova was the first female astronaut in history and completed 48 orbits around the Earth in her three days of mission in space.


Cool Facts About Astronauts


. Alan Shepard, an astronaut from the Apollo 14 mission, played a round of golf on the lunar surface. The ball's current location is a mystery because he hit it so far away on his third strike attempt.


. After long periods of time travelling through space, an astronaut's heart becomes almost 10% more spherical.


. Muscles atrophy rapidly in space, so astronauts must exercise regularly. It is for this reason that a fully-equipped gym has been set up on board the International Space Station.


. Even sleeping in space presents its own set of difficulties. It is difficult to get a decent night's sleep because the sun rises and sets around every 90 minutes.

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