True or False: A whale is a type of fish.
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False! Whales are actually a type of mammal.
What was the name of the first spacecraft to bring human beings to the moon?
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Apollo 11 was the spaceflight which first took astronauts to the moon. The lunar module portion of the rocket, called Eagle, landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969... four days after it had left Earth. Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were onboard, and became the first people ever to walk on the Moon.
What is the strongest bone in the human body?
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The Femur, located in your thigh, is both the longest and strongest bone in the human body. It's part of what allows us to walk upright.
Which element has the symbol "Au" on the periodic table?
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Au is the chemical symbol for gold. It comes from the Latin word for gold, "Aurum".
What percentage of the earth is covered by water?
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By most estimates, 71% of the Earth's surface is covered in water. 96.5% of that water sits in our oceans.
Which of these terms does not fit with the others?
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A theologist is a person who makes a study of gods, or divinity. The other professions listed are scientific disciplines.
What is this man's name?
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Isaac Newton, the man in the previous photo, was an English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. He's generally considered one of the most influential scientists to ever live.
Which of the following technological developments came first?
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Telescopes were first invented around the year 1600. Although the person who first invented them is unknown, they were popularized by the legendary Italian scientist Galileo Galilei.
Which kind of waves are used to make and receive cellphone calls?
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That's a tough one! Although sound waves sounds like it would be the answer, it's actually radio waves which are responsible for the transmission of a phone call from one device to another.
There are five countries/regions whose space agencies are responsible for maintaining the International Space Station. Which are they?
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The space agencies of the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe, and Canada share the duties of piloting and crewing the International Space Station.
If an object is moving at a speed greater than Mach 1, how fast is it going?
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Chuck Yeager was an American pilot credited as the first human being ever to travel faster than the speed of sound... meaning he was the first man ever to travel at Mach 1.
Botany is the study of:
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Botany is the scientific study of plant life.
What is the name of the deepest point on Planet Earth?
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The Mariana Trench is the deepest point of any of the Earth's oceans. It is located near to the island of Guam. Only 4 people have ever descended to the bottom of the trench... one of whom is, oddly, the world-famous Hollywood director James Cameron.
What is the largest species of shark on Earth?
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The largest species of shark has a misleading name: it's the Whale Shark. A full-grown specimen will measure about 5-10 meters long.
True or False? An element's "Atomic Number" is the number of protons found in the nucleus of an atom.
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Human sweat is the direct result of which life functions?
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Human sweat is a product of our body's systems for waste removal and temperature control.
Deserts are characterized by:
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Although deserts *often* feature many of the characteristics listed below, scientists use low precipitation to classify which areas are officially deserts.
What causes the tides on Earth?
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The Earth's tides are caused by the shifting gravitational pull of our Moon.
If you measured a bowling ball on Earth, then went to the Moon and measured it again, which of the following measurements would change?
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Weight is a measurement of the gravitational pull on an object. Therefore, an object's weight changes depending on the strength of gravity around it. All objects would have a higher weight on Earth than on the moon, because the Earth exerts a far stronger gravitational pull.
Which planet is farthest from the sun?
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Pluto may have been the answer for many years... until it was reclassified as a dwarf-planet in 2006. Today, the answer is Neptune.
What kind of rock is pictured below?
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Obsidian is an igneous rock, formed when lava from a volcano cools rapidely in the outside air.
What's the name of the chemical process that produces a flame?
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Combustion occurs when a fuel (think gas, wood, etc...) combines with an oxidant (often the oxygen in our air). The resulting chemical reaction creates a flame.
Marie Curie is famous for her dangerous research involving:
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Marie Curie is the only person to ever win a Nobel Prize for two separate areas of scientific research. She won in Chemistry and in Physics. Her most influential research was in the area of radioactivity.

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