I know that I’m not alone in my love of all things space-related.
Whether I’m looking through my telescope at an amazing view of the stars, or listening to this moving rendition of “Space Oddity” sung aboard the International Space Station, I find the far reaches of the galaxy to be an extremely exciting frontier.
And when I discovered the laundry list of strange things that humankind has sent into space over the years, my inner astronaut was quite excited. Did you know that a Beatles song is currently traveling across the universe at a whopping 186,000 miles an hour? I certainly didn’t!
I knew that humans and other animals have spent time exploring space, but I couldn’t believe just how many strange items we’ve actually sent up there as well.
Scroll through below for a look at some of the most bizarre items that have made their way into outer space.
What would you like to send into space? Let us know in the comments!
1. Fittingly, we brought the Buzz Lightyear Toy Story action figure with Discovery mission STS-124.
2. Luke Skywalker’s light saber was also immortalized when it was launched aboard the Discovery in 2007.
3. In 2010, Amelia Earhart’s watch took a ride through space when astronaut Shannon Walker brought it aboard Soyuz TMI-19.
4. A sound recording of rain is a unique snippet of audio that we’ve brought into space.
5. Humans also recently brought a 3D printer to space, where they printed the first 3D object while in orbit.