November 23, 2004
Space Fact, Space Fiction has this interesting little quiz that presents 10 statements about science, astronomy, and technology, and you get to decide if each is fact or fiction. I got 9 out of 10, not too shabby for someone who hasn't picked up a science book in a year or two.

Posted by scott at November 23, 2004 01:24 PM

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Darn it, got the ion drive question wrong. I thought that one was still being developed. It's cool to see that it's worked twice.

Posted by: Jon on November 23, 2004 02:06 PM

I missed the "gravity in deep space" one. The explanation kinda raised an eyebrow because I don't consider orbiting bodies around a star as "deep space". Of course there is gonna be gravity within a solar system, thats why they're called "orbits". I consider "deep space" to be waaaayyyy beyond the gravitational influence of any star. Either it's me or the question is worded poorly.

Posted by: Bob on November 23, 2004 04:05 PM

Stars are held together by gravity to make galaxies, Galaxies have gravitational attractions. Gravity from any point source will get weaker as you move away, but it never goe to zero and the universe is has many objects. Even dust clouds exert gravitational forces.

Posted by: Jim on November 24, 2004 01:35 AM

Gack-late night typing-goes not goe and has-not is has. Sorry.

Posted by: jim on November 24, 2004 01:39 AM

8 of 10. damn ion engine question, along with the binary star one.


Posted by: Ron on November 24, 2004 09:15 AM

9/10 got the primitive life one wrong, I thought I had heard something about primitive cells on europa or something like that

Posted by: Jimmy on November 24, 2004 10:31 PM

I got the hard ones and missed the easiest one on the test!

Posted by: Pat on November 24, 2004 10:50 PM
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