today i learned – thurs 2nd may 2019

you know how space is always said to be really far away? turns out, you can get there pretty quickly in your car! 😱

#tdil that if you drive straight upwards at 60mph, you’ll be in space in just one hour! 😱🚀

that’s right, just one hour! basically, what have nasa been playing about at, making giant rockets?! all they need is a fiat punto and a big road that points straight upwards! #goingup 🚗

anyway, the science behind this mad fact was originally pointed out by astronomer fred hoyle. apparently the shortest distance to space is just 62 miles … so about the same as driving from leicester to bicester (if you’re a car person like me, that’ll be relatable 😂).

now, that may be all well and good – you might be able to get your little hatchback into space – but what about if you want to go drive about on another planet? well, providing you pick the moon #becauseclose 🌕 it’ll take you considerably longer 😳.

that’s because the moon is a whole 250,000 miles away … (only a short distance). wondering how long that mental journey would take you? according to fred, you’ll be embarking on an epic roadtrip that’ll take six months!

providing you take plenty of snacks, a few cans of monster energy, something to wee in and much oxygen … oh, and you have a vertical super long road … i imagine that it’d be a pretty awesome roadtrip 😬 i’m down, who’s with me??

byeeeeeeeeee 🙌🏻 #tdil

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this is arguably one of the most surprising things that i’ve learned! fancy something not quite as surprising? just look ->here<-

(picture time! the header is ->here<- and the other is ->here<-)

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