Welcome to Sunday Challenge! In this edition of the weekly quiz, we launch into orbit and fly away into the great beyond! Get ready for five questions on the topic ‘Outer Space,’ all the way from from Earth to galaxies far, far away!
You can take a shot at the questions and field your guesses in the comments section below. Answers will be revealed on subsequent Sundays in the comment section. The fastest contestants to get all questions right win goodie bags and a brand new pair of Bluetooth headphones.
Ready? Here are your questions:
This Soviet pilot pictured below was the first human in space, travelling in the Vostok 1. He was banned from spaceflights after the second one he did – Soyuz 1 – crashed and killed two of his fellow astronauts. Sadly, he died in a plane crash soon after. Identify him.
The following are the highest mountain peaks and their approximate height in metres on which celestial body?
Mons Huygens 5,500 m
Mons Hadley 4,400 m
Mons Bradley 4,300 m
Perhaps the most famous of its kind, sightings of this celestial visitor go back more than 2,000 years. It was first illustrated on the Bayeux Tapestry (pictured below), the historical embroidered cloth depicting the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 AD. Identify this heavenly object that is due to visit us again in 2061.
Launched in 1977 by NASA, it is now the furthest man made object from Earth. It left the Solar System in 1998 and in 2013, it became the first spacecraft to reach interstellar space. It was supposed to last five years in space but surprisingly, it is still going strong! It can still receive and execute commands from NASA but it takes about two days for the signal to transmit. Identify this spacecraft.
It is the outermost region of our solar system, even farther away than the Kuiper Belt. Described as a humongous, round shell, almost like a cloud bubble, the unexplored region is believed to be the home of billions of objects, including comets, ice shards the size of mountains and pieces of space debris. It is named after the Dutch astronomer who predicted its existence in the 1950s. What is this region called?
Take your guesses in the comments section below. Winners of this edition, along with the answers will be revealed next Sunday, so keep your eyes peeled!
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Answers to Sunday Challenge 40:
1. Nickel and Copper
2. The Penny-farthing (named for the penny and farthing coins used in the UK).
3. The Pound Sterling (The most popular nickname for it is ‘quid’).
4. The new 500 Rupee note
5. Isle of Man
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