A Piece Of Newton Went Into Space (Sort Of)

A Piece Of Newton Went Into Space (Sort Of)

Sir Isaac Newton lived many years before humans began exploring space travel, yet a piece of him got to fly with the astronauts-kind of. There is a notebook written by a contemporary and friend of Isaac Newton that details the legendary story of Newton watching an apple fall from a tree before theorizing gravity. No, apparently that tale isn't just a legend of science history. Several items were made from the wood of this very tree, and a shard of it even flew into space. Surely, Newton would be proud and flattered.

05:28

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    From 1703 to 1727, Isaac Newton was president of The Royal Society. (0:01)

  • 2

    A contemporary of Isaac Newton wrote stories about his life, including the famous tale of Newton watching the apple fall from the tree. (1:03)

  • 3

    A piece of wood from the tree that inspired Isaac Newton to theorize gravity went into space. (3:01)

See all

Outer Space

Science

Aviation

Deep Sea

Get smarter every day! Like us on Facebook.
You'll get the most interesting and engaging topics in your feed, straight from our team of experts.