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The first portable calculator placed on sale by Texas Instruments weighed only 2-1/2 pounds and cost a mere $150. (1971)

Carolyn Shoemaker has discovered 32 comets and approximately 800 asteroids.

Because of the salt content of the Dead Sea, it is difficult to dive below its surface.

The planet Venus has the longest day.

The first atomic bomb exploded at Trinity Site, New Mexico.

All organic compounds contain carbon.

Three astronauts manned each Apollo flight.

Out of all the senses, smell is most closely linked to memory.

There are 7 stars in the Big Dipper.

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system.

The speed of sound must be exceeded to produce a sonic boom.

The nearest galaxy to our own is Andromeda.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is predicted to topple over between 2010 and 2020.

Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.

Blood is 6 times thicker than water.

Dissolved salt makes up 3.5 percent of the oceans.

Three stars make up Orion's belt.

Glaciers store about 75% of the world's freshwater. In Washington State alone, glaciers provide 470 billion gallons of water each summer.

To an observer standing on Pluto, the sun would appear no brighter than Venus appears in our evening sky.

Traveling at the speed of 186,000 miles per second, light take 6 hours to travel from Pluto to the earth.

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