What happens when you put money, a childlike fascination with Star Wars and Elon Musk in a room together? Random stuff flying around in space, that’s what! At present the Tesla Roadster is headed toward the asteroid belt beyond Mars. Now it may seem an odd thing to do, launching a vehicle into space, but humans have been sending some weird items into space for years, like the Beatles tune ‘Across the Universe’… But, there’s more, much, much more.
Luke Skywalkers Lightsaber
When Nasa’s STS-120 mission launched, the count down sounded something like “4,3,2,1, may the force be with you’. Not actually, but it could have. The force was with them in the form of Mark Hamills lightsabre prop from the 1983 Return of the Jedi. The sabre was officially presented to NASA by Chewbacca, and the NASA officials were then escorted by Stormtroopers to the Space Centre. A totally surreal event to witness. We wonder if the astronauts did battle re-enactments in zero gravity?
Waterbears and Moss Piglets
Humans being what we are, there really is no boundary to the lengths we will go to, to prove authority over our dominion. So, when scientists discovered Tardigrades, what did they do? They sent them to space. Why? To see how extreme the conditions are they can survive. Found all over the world in some of the most inhospitable environments, Tardigrades can survive severe temperatures, radiation, dehydration, and extreme pressures. Considering that when they sent a virus into space it came back supercharged, don’t be surprised if the end of the world is caused by millions of supercharged Moss piglets back for revenge.
You wouldn’t be the first, but if you would like to follow in the footsteps of Mark Shuttleworth, for the very reasonable cost of $250 000 dollars, you could be the next amazing space visitor. There are numerous companies, Virgin Galactica, Space adventures and Space X all selling tickets to civilians. However, if you are not a Rockefeller, but the other fella, and you don’t have $300 000 in change hidden under the couch cushions we suggest you start playing online casino games so you can win your way into a seat on the shuttle.
The bird poop managed to make it to space on board the side of a NASA shuttle in 1996. It was accidental, but it still counts. Understandably no one is really interested in the poop, but there is a lesson here. If bird poop can survive 300 000 litres of water used during launching, a trip into space, and a re-entry to earth, you sure as hell should be washing that stuff off of your car before it dries.
‘To Infinity and Beyond!’ is exactly what Buzz would have shouted if he was real. The plastic superhero from Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story hitched a ride on board NASA’s Discovery STS-124 mission, chilled out on the International Space Station, and then got a lift back home on STS-128. He travelled home with six NASA astronauts, one ESA mission specialist and a Space Ranger. How is that for capturing young minds?
Wakey, wakey, eggs and bakey. Why else would there be a spatula in space if not to make cosmic breakfast? Yes, we could ask why any of the items on the list were in space, except Buzz, it was his destiny, but a spatula? Apparently, the spatula did return to earth, but let that be a reminder to you all about being the best you can be. If a spatula can make it to space, you really have no excuse!