1. Identify the movie from the iconic opening
shot and what's special about the audio ?
More than 117,000 hours of computer CPU time were required to render the
CGI in the opening galactic pullback scene. The servers crashed more than 25
times in the process. Shortest amount of time required to render one frame in
the sequence: 12 seconds. Longest render time for one frame: 18.4 hours.
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The Ellie‟s character is inspired by Jill Tarter,
Most of the sounds heard during the film's
opening shot are chronologically
The movie establishes that the signal was
launched from planet Earth in 1936, during
the Berlin Olympic Games' opening (First
Live TV Broadcast).
3. What was its purpose or Expand SCA ?
SCA 905 and SCA 911 are two extensively modified Boeing 747 airliners
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA)
The Worlds Greatest Piggy Back Ride
4. Identify X
X, are robotic arms originally developed by country Y to load fuel in nuclear reactors.
It later attracted NASA‟s attention to develop „Shuttle Remote Manipulator System‟ and
found the application in space such as to move and retrieve satellites/payloads and
provide support for astronauts during spacewalks etc.
This is the most famous contribution by Y to space research and its also known as X arm.
6. Identify X Y
Project X was the first human spaceflight program
of the United States led by its newly created space
agency NASA. It ran from 1959 through 1963 with
the goal of putting a human in orbit around the
The XY were the group of seven astronauts
selected by NASA on April 9, 1959 which included
The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that
was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979
book of the same name about the Navy, Marine
and Air Force test pilots who were involved in
aeronautical research at Edwards Air Force Base,
California, as well as the seven military pilots who
were selected to be the astronauts
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7. Identify its name
The Mercury capsule, flown by astronaut Gus Grissom for 15 minutes in
space on July 21, 1961 [2nd manned space mission by USA].
Following the splashdown of “X″, the hatch, which had explosive bolts, blew
off prematurely, letting water into the capsule and into Grissom‟s suit.
Grissom nearly drowned but was rescued by helicopter, while the
spacecraft sank in deep water. Grissom maintained he did nothing to set off
the explosives to blow the hatch, and NASA officials agreed. The craft was
recovered in 1999 but there was no evidence of how the hatch had been
opened. The sinking was a bit of a black eye on the career of Grissom, one
of the original Mercury 7 astronauts.
It was named after which American icon symbol/structure which is also
represented by the strip ?
Liberty Bell 7
It featured a white, diagonal irregular paint stripe starting at the base of the
capsule and extending about two-thirds toward the nose, emulating the crack in
the famed Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
8. Which number ?
The distance between the earth and sun
= X times the diameter of the sun.
Distance between the earth and the moon = X times the moon's diameter
The diameter of the sun
= X times the diameter of the earth.
Although this is a significant number in Hinduism and Buddhism, we use this no for a
completely different reason nowadays.
Cosmonauts take Sochi
Olympic torch on
11. Identify X
Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, known as "Doug and Dave” are famous for man-made
hoaxes of X .
In 1991, the duo came out and announced that they had made hundreds of X since
1978. To prove that they were responsible, they filmed themselves for the BBC making
one with a rope-and-plank contraption in a Wiltshire field
Colin Andrews, cereologist and author of the book, Circular Evidence, admits that about
80 % of X are probably man-made, but says that the other 20 % are probably the work of
some "higher force."
They said that, they would enter into the fields during nights and make those X with the
The rover had become stuck in a sandy pit in April 2009
and went silent on March 22, 2010.
13. Identify the mission name
_________ was a NASA Moon mission famous for being a
"successful failure" .
While the crew were unable to land on the Moon as planned
due to a technical malfunction, they were returned safely home.
It was supposed to land in the Fra Mauro area. An explosion on
board forced it to circle the moon without landing.
The mission‟s launch date 11-04-1970 and 1:13 pm Houston time
was also viewed by numerologist as unlucky.
4-11-70 add the digits to get 13.
1:13 pm Houston time (or)
13:13 on a 24-hour military clock
7 questions, 10 points each
1. First colour photo of Earth from Moon known as ________
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Taken by astronaut William Anders in 1968 during the Apollo 8 mission.
Transcript of the audio recording of the event – excerpt:
Borman: Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! Here's the Earth coming up.
Wow, is that pretty.
Anders: Hey, don't take that, it's not scheduled.
Borman: (laughing) You got a color film, Jim?
Anders: Hand me that roll of color quick, will you...
Lovell: Oh man, that's great!
“The most influential environmental photograph ever taken.”
- Galen Rowell (Nature photographer)
2. First Full-View Photo of Earth famously known as ______
The ____ _______ is a famous photograph
of the Earth, taken on December 7, 1972,
by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft,
at a distance of about 45,000 KM.
Second word is a game/object which we
might have come across in childhood.
John McConnell, the founder and creator
of Earth Day came up with this Earth Day
Flag which features this same
3. Earth at night, also known as ____ ______
Dec 5, 2012 - Like „Blue Marble‟, NASA released
series of pictures which shows Earth at night-time.
The NASA stated that night-time images can be
used for numerous purposes:
Social scientists and demographers have used night lights to
model the spatial distribution of economic activity, of
constructed surfaces, and of populations.
Planners and environmental groups have used maps of lights to
select sites for astronomical observatories and to monitor
human development around parks and wildlife refuges.
Electric power companies, emergency managers, and news
media turn to night lights to observe blackouts.
Only photographs of Earth taken from
Outer Solar System
The outer Solar System is beyond the asteroid belt, including the four gas giants.
Usually, spacecraft in the far reaches of the solar system don't look back toward
Earth to avoid damaging their instruments by direct sunlight.
Recently, the sun was temporarily blocked relative to Cassini's line of sight, allowing
the U.S. space agency to take the picture.
7. Identify the photograph name
It is an image of the Solar System acquired by Voyager 1 on
February 14, 1990 from a distance of approximately 6 billion
kilometres from Earth.
It features individual frames of six planets and a partial background
indicating their relative positions.
The picture is a mosaic of 60 individual frames.
Since it includes majority of the planets of our solar system, its
famously called _______ _______
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Family Portrait / Solar System Portrait
1. Why these words were in headlines
in USA during Dec 1957 ?
Failure of NASA‟s first
Satellite -Vanguard TV3
On Dec. 6, 1957, two months after
the Soviets launched the Sputnik
(first artificial satellite) into orbit,
the U.S. tried to launch its own
Newspapers in the United States,
published prominent headlines
and articles noting to the failure
including plays on the name of
the Russian satellite, Sputnik, such
as Flopnik, Kaputnik, Oopsnik and
1. What work by English composer Gustav
Holst was considered incomplete in 1930 by
few, was no longer incomplete from the year
His famous 7 movement orchestral suite X [1914 -1916] was themed on something.
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o _____ ,the Bringer of War
o _____, the Bringer of Peace
o _____, the Winged Messenger
o _____, the Bringer of Jollity
o _____, the Bringer of Old Age
o _____, the Magician
o _____, the Mystic
Seven Planets other than Earth and Pluto
Each named after a planet and its corresponding astrological character
1) Mars, the Bringer of War
2) Venus, the Bringer of Peace
3) Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
Uranus, the Magician
Neptune, the Mystic
Discovered in 1930, Pluto was declared as a dwarf planet in 2006.
8) Pluto, the Renewer – added by Colin Matthews
Voyager 1 spacecraft has become the first manmade object to reach Interstellar space in
2012, more than 11 billion miles distant and 36 years after it was launched in 1977.
3. Where would you find these audios?
"Greetings from the inhabitants of this world."
"Greetings. Best wishes from Telugu-speaking people.”
"Peace on you. We the inhabitants of this earth send our greetings to you.”
"Hello! Let there be peace everywhere."
"Hello to everyone. We are happy here and you be happy there.“
"Greetings from a human being of the Earth. Please contact."
"Welcome home. It is a pleasure to receive you.“
"Greetings to the inhabitants of the universe from the third planet Earth of the star Sun.“
"Greetings. The people of the Earth send their good wishes.“
"Greetings. On behalf of Kannada-speaking people, 'good wishes.'"
THE GOLDEN RECORD
Greetings to the Universe in 55 Different Languages
4. Identify this former NASA
scientist and why he was in
news recently ?
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Kessler syndrome - a chain reaction of collisions between orbital technology
5. This is a 35 years late response to what ?
More than 10,000 Twitter messages, plus videos from
celebrities such as comedian Stephen Colbert, have been
beamed into space as a big "Hello!" from Earth.
The messages are intended as a response to something
which happened in Aug 15, 1977.
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Soviet pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first
human to travel into space on 12 April 1961
Some sources claimed afterwards that Gagarin had remarked
during the flight “_____________________________”, which
But no such words were recorded in the official transcript of
the flight and his friends later said the phrase had originated
from an anti-religion speech given by Soviet leader Nikita
7. What's the main advantage of launching from
Sea Launch is an international nongovernmental spacecraft launch service that
uses a mobile maritime platform for launching
commercial payloads on specialized Zenit 3SL
Developed by 4 companies from Norway,
Russia, Ukraine and the United States,
managed by Boeing.
Sea Launch is currently the world's only oceanbased space launch company
All commercial payloads have been communications satellites intended for
geostationary transfer orbit.
Sea Launch the advantages associated with an equatorial
launch site without the need for a permanent installation in an
Its based on the principle that launches from the Earth's
equator are the most fuel-efficient possible, utilizing the Earth's
rotation to help accelerate a rocket to escape velocity.
8. Where you would have come across these
Chuck Yeager jetting off in the Bell X-1 to break the sound barrier
Alan Shepard becoming the first American to fly in space on board his Mercury capsule.
Neil Armstrong, together with his Apollo 11 crewmates, preparing to board the Saturn V rocket that will
launch them on the first moon landing mission.
The Gemini 2 capsule falling back to Earth as audio from the Gemini 6 mission plays.
The Apollo 12 lunar module "Intrepid" beginning its descent to the moon as Armstrong's famous "one
giant leap" is heard.
Footage of the orbiter Atlantis launching and then landing on the final flight of the space shuttle
Astronauts training for zero/micro gravity
Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory - Johnson Space
Center in Houston, Texas.
Reduced gravity aircraft – Zero Gravity Training
11. What technique is being explained ?
To help make a complicated-sounding
concept easily understandable, consider the
analogy in baseball. Picture a fast pitch
coming toward the batter. The baseball
represents a spacecraft. Now picture what
the batter does, swinging a bat with all the
force s/he can muster. The business end of
the bat in motion represents a massive planet
like Jupiter. The bat connects with the ball:
wham! The ball receives momentum from the
bat, and takes off in a different direction with
a lot more speed as it soars out of the
stadium. Of course in this analogy, the ball
interacts with the bat mechanically, rather
than by mutual gravitation. The results are
similar: momentum taken from an object that
has lots of it, and transferred into an object
that makes use of its new-found momentum.
12. Tribute to whom ?
A planetarium costing 6.5 crore rupees has been
opened in Kurukshetra, Haryana during July,2007.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda
inaugurated the planetarium in the presence of
Tagore Bal Niketan students in Karnal.
It‟s named after which famous personality?
14. Why this recently released song called
„XO’ become a controversial?
Beyoncé & Challenger Disaster reference
Beyoncé Knowles‟ track “XO” from her new
album Beyoncé begins with a six-second sample of NASA
public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt‟s commentary immediately
after the space shuttle Challenger exploded in January, 1986.
“Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation…
obviously a major malfunction,”
NASA has officially responded to this, saying that the tragedy
"should never be trivialized."
17. Which planet ?
It is the most hostile planet of the solar system and closest HELL.
The beautiful clouds are made of concentrated sulphuric acid;
the 'air' is composed of unbreathable carbon dioxide gas, at a
pressure 90 times Earth's atmospheric pressure; and this
'greenhouse gas' has raised the temperature of its surface to
Anyone who landed on X would be simultaneously corroded,
suffocated, crushed and baked
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18. Identify X & Y
‘ The X Meet the Y ’ is an animated TV movie by Hanna Barbera aired
It shows the meeting of two famous animated families of Hanna
Its often dubbed as the movie where,
“The Stone Age meets the Space Age”
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19. X Y Z ?
According to few conspiracy theorist:
Following the movie X, the U.S. government hired director Y to
film the fake moon landing and, to protect the lives of himself
and his wife, he made 1980's “Z" as a veiled confession of his
part in the secret project. This would have seen him filming the
landing conjointly with “X."
The movie Z is based on a novel which has many reference to
Room 237: In novel, the haunted room is numbered 217. In the
movie, it's 237. Why? "Because the average distance from the
Earth to the Moon is 237,000 miles.
X - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Y - Stanley Kubrick
Z - The Shining
Aditya – 1
ISRO‟s scientific mission designed to study solar corona
“ Someone told me that each
equation I included in the
book would halve the sales.
Who talking about his famous book of 1988 ?
What was the only exception ?
E = mc² is the only equation used in
3. Give X,Y,Q,R
X spent the last 30 years of his life trying to come up with a unified field theory to
explain just about everything in the universe. His theories of R did a good job at
making sense of the very big things in the universe, the stars, planets and galaxies,
but came up short when explaining the atomic and sub-atomic world.
X‟s great rival in his quest to explain the nature of reality was Y, who was
championing a new branch of physics called „Q'.
At its core, Q theory said that at a fundamental level, everything was unpredictable;
particles could be in more than one place at the same time and a cat in a box
could be both alive and dead.
X hated this uncertainty, famously dismissing it when he said "God does not play dice
with the universe". Unfortunately for X, however, he was proved wrong, when 50
years later experimental evidence finally caught up with theoretical physics, and Q
theory was shown to be correct.
X - Albert Einstein
R – Theory of Relativity
Y - Neils Bohr
Q - Quantum Mechanics
10. Give the significance of these
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos.
My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants.
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.
8 Planets, removing Pluto:My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos.
8 Planets + 3 Dwarf Planets (Ceres, Pluto, Eris)
My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants.
A Soyuz space capsule took the first crew to the International Space Station
in November 2000. Since that time, at least one Soyuz has always been at
the Station, generally to serve as a lifeboat should the crew have to return
to Earth unexpectedly.
Dennis Tito become the first space tourist in 2001 by Soyuz program.
Even though Soyuz carried many tourists successfully, its space tourism was
stopped/postponed twice by Russian government in the years 2003 and
What was the reason which made them to stop or limit the space tourists ?
Russia‟s Soyuz TMA became the means of
transportation for crewmembers going to or
returning from the ISS.
Feb, 2003 -
Due to Columbia Disaster [Later resumed in 2005]
ISS crew has increased from 3 to 6, and all the places on board the
spacecraft have been reserved for Russian and foreign astronauts. [Resumed in
No space for space tourists.