Voided Facts

We’ve learned a lot from working on this show. Here are a few tidbits that we thought were cool. Some of them even informed the show!

KALPANA CHAWLA:

  • Born: March 17, 1962 (Karnal, India)
  • Died: February 1, 2003 (airspace over Texas)
  • 1982: Moved to the U.S.
  • 1988: Hired by NASA
  • Space missions: STS-87 (1997), STS-107 (2003)
  • Spouse: Jean-Pierre Harrison

INDIA:

  • Population: 1.3 billion
  • Languages: 17 major spoken & 844 dialects
  • National animal: the endangered Bengal Tiger
  • Gained its independence from the British in 1947
  • Consumes the most whiskey of any country; a whopping 50% of the world’s supply
  • A meteorite struck and killed a bus driver in 2016 (at least 1 or 2 meteorites fall every year in India)

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE VOYAGER 1 & 2!

  • NASA launched the twin probes in 1977 to study Jupiter and Saturn (and maybe alien forms)
  • Both probes carry greetings and music to other life forms in a golden record
  • The cover of the golden records have pictograph instructions to help other life forms play them
  • Voyager 1 crossed interstellar space in 2012
  • Both probes are now believed to be escaping the solar system