Thursday, April 21st, 2016

100 Offbeat things human have launched into Space

Narada Desk | April 21, 2016 2:12 pm Print

Man’s desire to explore space is so strong. In between the final launch of NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis in July 2011 and its first space flight 30 years earlier, there were more than 100 journeys and just about as many unusual thing on the board.


In 2008,NASA beamed Beatles song Across the Universe via its Deep Space Network. Paul McCartney even wished his love to the aliens. at a speed of 186,000 miles per second to reach North Star, Polaris, Beetles song is travelling in its way to reach the space.

Space is already full of cultural artifacts sent by man . The list of the things sent by Man ranges from a Louis Armstrong record to Pizza.

The list of the off beat items includes a paper airplane , stuffed animal added to a space shuttle’s manifesto, a DIY project that sent a child’s toy into near-orbit, there have been plenty of upward-bound items that were far from necessary cargo.

Here is the list of 100 items sent by Man into space:

1.The song Across the Universe by The Beatles

2. Lego mini-figurines of Galileo and the Roman deities Jupiter and Juno

3. A sound recording of a kiss between a mother and child

4. Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber (a prop from 1983 went up in 2007 with Discovery shuttle-flight mission STS-120)

5. A colour photograph of the city of Oxford

6. Melancholy Blues, performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven

7. A black and white diagram of human sex organs

8. Nascar starter flags (green)

9. JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No2 conducted by Karl Richter

10. Australia Morning Star and Devil Bird Aboriginal songs

11. A sound recording of a shepherd herding sheep

12. Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry

13. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground by blues musician Blind Willie Johnson

14. Buzz Lightyear toy. The astronaut action figure of the Toy Story films went in 2008 with Discovery mission STS-124

15. A sound recording of the rain

16. A colour photograph of Snowflakes over Sequoia

17. A colour photograph of a tree with daffodils

18. Dirt from the pitcher’s mound at Yankee Stadium (taken by astronaut and Yankees fan Garret Reisman in 2008).

19. A piece of the rudimentary airplane the Wright brothers flew in 1903, when the aircraft came a few feet off of the ground

20. Two golden orb spiders, named Gladys and Esmerelda, were housed on the International Space Station in 2011

21. Lots of dead space monkeys, many called Albert

22. Andy Warhol’s drawing of a penis, included on a small ceramic tile carried on Apollo 12

23. Claus Oldenberg’s drawing of Mickey Mouse

24. The Fallen Astronaut, a small figurine by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonk

25. An interactive video performance called ARTSAT from Austrian artist Richard Kriesche

26. Small bits of bone and eggshell from the duck-billed dinosaur Maiasaura peeblesorum, sent on SpaceLab2 in 1985

27. A saxophone

28. Holograms and cubes made from water samples from some of the world’s major rivers, part of the Lowry Burgess’s Boundless Cubic Lunar Aperture project

29. Arthur Woods’s Cosmic Dancer, an aluminium sculpture painted with acrylics

30. A watercolour by Elizabeth Carroll Smith called When Dreams are Born

31. Primsa, a sculpture by artist Pierre Comte that consists of 14 small painted spheres each 2.5 cm in diameter with seven limbs extending from its axis

32. Two art prints by the German artist Michael Böhme

33. A piece of music composed by Blur

34. A DVD called Monochrome (for Mars) by Australian artist Stephen Little

35. A portion of the remains of space physicist Gerard K O’Neill (1927–1992)

36. A sound recording of an F-111 flyby

37. A portion of the remains of Krafft Ehricke (1917–1984), rocket scientist

38. The 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still was beamed to Alpha Centauri in 2008

39. 25,800 text messages from Australians, in a 2009 project called Hello From Earth, sent to Gliese 581

40. 100,000 Craigslist advertisements, including ‘Free kittens to a good home’

41. A corned beef sandwich from a Cocoa Beach, Florida deli, taken by John Young in 1965. It disintegrated in the low gravity

42. Sea urchin sperm

43. Senegalese percussion recorded by Charles Duvelle

44. A sound recording of a ship’s horn

45. A football (the Americans sent it into space called “a soccer ball”)

46. Two sets of coins commemorating Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, aboard the space shuttle Atlantis for a 2007 mission.

47. A giant 3D printer

48. A sound recording of a blacksmith working

49. A printed message, written in 1977, from President Jimmy Carter

50. Lots and lots of vomit bags

51. Four cans of Pepsi and four cans of Coke, which were on board the Challenger in 1985

52. Pizza Hut paid nearly £750,000 in 2000 to become the first company to deliver pizza in space – to Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachov

53. New Guinea Men’s house song by Robert MacLennan

54. The remains of Clyde Tombaugh, the scientist who discovered Pluto

55. Gavotte en rondeau from the Partita No. 3 in E major for Violin

56. A sound recording of ocean waves breaking, on 12-inch gold-plated copper discs

57. A Cargo Tag from Jamestown, found by archaeologists researching the colony

58. The ashes of Star Trek’s James Doohan, who played Scotty on the original television series

59. Up In The Air, a pop single from actor Jared Leto’s band 30 Seconds To Mars.

60. A sound recording of “a tame dog”

61. A recording of El Cascabel, in a mariachi interpretation by Antonio Maciel y Las Aguilillas, composed by Mexico’s Lorenzo Barcelata

62. An hour long recording of the brainwaves of Ann Druyan

63. Japanese flute player Goro Yamaguchi playing Tsuru No Sugomori (Crane’s Nest)

64. A golf ball hit on the moon by Apollo 14 mission astronaut Alan Shepard. He sent it 200 yards (182.9 meters) in zero-gravity

65. A set of mud pots

66. The sound recording of Morse Code

67. A Le Brouere cheese wheel (to honour the Monty Python’s Flying Circus cheese shop sketch)

68. A film poster from the 1984 Val Kilmer movie Top Secret!

69. The X-Ray of a hand

70. A copy of Ruhnama (The Book of the Soul), written by Saparmurat Niyazov, who was President of Turkmenistan from 1990 to 2006

71. A sound recording of laughter

72. A colour diagram of DNA structure

73. A photograph of the Sydney Opera House

74. A sound recording of a tractor

75. A Chosen Bun burger and chips meal (didn’t reach outer space)

76. A Doritos commercial was sent 42 light years away to a star system called 47 Ursae Majoris, which is part of the Big Dipper.

77. The skull of a meat-eating Coelophysis from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

78. A sound recording of a heartbeat

79. Charles Duke’s family photograph, which was left on the ground at the moon. He was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 16

80. A sound recording of a horse and cart

.81 A greeting in Korean from Soon Hee Shin, saying “Please be well.”

82. Tardigrades, or ‘water bears’, microscopic eight-legged creatures that can survive extreme temperatures

83. A sample of salmonella, aboard the space shuttle Atlantis in 2007 by Arizona State University. The bacteria became even more virulent in space

84. A sound recording of a hyena

85. The watch and a scarf owned by celebrated aviator Amelia Earhart

86. A sound recording of a steam train

87. A tandoori lamb chop. Sent in November 2014 by author Nikesh Shukla to promote his book Meatscape. The chop was attached to a fork.

88. HeLa cells, which are named for Henrietta Lacks, a cancer patient in the Fifties from whom they were sampled

89. A copy of Playboy Magazine, taken by a member of the backup crew of Apollo 12 in 1967

90. A vial of communion wine and communion bread, taken by astronaut Buzz Aldrin

91. A triple barrel TP-82 capable of 40 gauge shotgun rounds, taken by Soviet cosmonauts in 1965

92. Music of the Spheres, Johannes Kepler’s Harmonices Mundi played by Laurie Spiegel

93. A sound recording of thunder

94. A sound recording of a someone sawing wood

95. Peruvian traditional panpipes and drums, courtesy of Casa de la Cultura

96. Beethoven’s Symphony No 5, First Movement, played by The Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Otto Klemperer

97. A sound recording of crickets

98. A sound recording of Saturn V Lift-off

99. The ashes of Gene Roddenberry, the man who created Star Trek, who had his remains shot into space in 1997

100. A greeting in Zulu from Fred Dube, telling aliens: “We greet you, great ones. We wish you longevity.”

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