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The Hardest "True Or False" Space Quiz You'll Take Today

Have you been taken in by some common space myths?

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  1. 1. "In 1991, there were 60,000 jellyfish orbiting Earth."

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    It's true!

    On June 5 1991, the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off with almost two and a half thousand baby jellyfish in their stead as part of a life sciences experiment. By the end of the mission, nine days later, there were 60,000 jellies.

  2. 2. "'One small step for man' is the first thing anyone said on the moon."

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    FALSE.

    Before Neil Armstrong stepped out on to the surface of the moon, him and Buzz Aldrin spent a few hours on the surface in the Eagle after landing. So the first words were actually Aldrin's utterance "contact light" once they touched down.

  3. 3. "There's a class of stars that are just 25ºC."

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    Truth.

    They're called Y dwarfs, and are a type of brown dwarf – sometimes known as "failed stars".

  4. 4. "The Great Wall of China is the only human-made object you can see from space."

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    False.

    You can see the results of lots of human activity from low-Earth orbit, but the Great Wall of China isn't actually visible to the unaided eye.

  5. 5. "There's a nebula shaped like a manatee that scientists named the 'Manatee Nebula' in a special ceremony in 2013."

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    It's true.

    Awwwwww.

  6. 6. "All of the other planets in the solar system could fit between Earth and the moon."

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    Amazingly, it's true.

    Check with Wolfram Alpha if you don’t trust us.

  7. 7. "It takes 170,000 YEARS, on average, for a photon to travel from the centre of the sun to it's surface."

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    True!

    Yup.

  8. 8. "The sun makes up 99.8% of the mass of the solar system."

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    It's true.

    The sun is huuuuuge.

  9. 9. "The nearest black hole to Earth is just 1,600 light years away."

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    False!

    The black hole V4641 Sagittarii was widely reported to be 1,600 light years away in the 90s, but a later analysis showed it was actually over 15 times further away than that.

  10. 10. "Instead of spending money creating a pen that would work in space, the Russians just use pencils."

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    It's false.

    In the early days of space travel everyone used pencils. But since the 1960s, both American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have used a space pen developed by the Fisher Pen Company.

  11. 11. "The sun is yellow."

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    False.

    It looks yellow through Earth's atmosphere, but it actually emits white light.

  12. 12. "If you went into space without a spacesuit on, you'd explode."

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    It's false.

    According to NASA: "You do not explode. Your blood does not boil. You do not freeze. You do not instantly lose consciousness." Once you ran out of oxygen, then you'd lose consciousness. Your skin would burn and swell, and eventually you'd die. But you wouldn't explode.

Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

Contact Kelly Oakes at kelly.oakes@buzzfeed.com.

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