Astronauts and cosmonauts get named and supplies for them and their missions get mentioned,
But [according to the [Christian Science Monitor] over the course of 30 years, the space shuttles have flown some peculiar objects into orbit. The list of odd stuff that flew aboard the shuttles is a long one, and includes the Olympic torch, a replica of the golden spike from the First Transcontinental Railroad, and rocks from the top of Mount Everest and the surface of the moon, just to name a few.
Here nine recent space oddities carried into orbit on NASA shuttles. . .
The list, by Denise Chow, SPACE.com Staff Writer, is reminder that some peculiar things making news can bring smiles.
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