The Cosmopolis XXI, Aerospace system or C-21, is designed exclusively 9 for tourists, by Russian engineers and American businessmen. This was unveiled to the public at Zhukovsky Air base near Moscow. Starting from 2004-2005 and for only US $ 99000, a person will be able to have an hour's space flight, experiencing the absence of gravity at 100 km above the Earth in a space vehicle, about the same size as a mini bus.
Lemmings are rat-like animals which live in cold northern countries. The build their nests under the snow in winter. They are very fast breeders and the female can conceive in 14 days can produce as many as 12 young ones every month. It is also believed that they kill themselves by jumping off.
Octopus at birth, measures only 3 mm, and can grow to a length of between 1 to 1.3m.
It weighs about 3 kg on an average but, some larger examples can weigh up to 10 kg. It lays between 1 to 5 lakh eggs. It can open its 8 tentacles up to 2-3 m wide.
Komodo dragon, found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo is the world's largest lizard. The largest known specimen was measured at 3.10 m and weighed 166 kg.
An Arctic tern is a bird that flies the longest journey of 22,530 km from Russia through the Atlantic over Africa and the Indian Ocean to Australia.
The Queen Alexandra, the largest butterfly, has a wing-span of 25 cm. It is facing the risk of extinction. The smallest butterfly has a wing span of not more than 1 cm.
In North America, some frogs build up some chemicals in their blood at the onset of cold weather. These chemicals act as a kind of an antifreeze, allowing the frog to survive temperatures as low as -8°C without freezing.
Astronauts in space move with the help of MMU, (Manouevre Movement Unit), the flying chair. This has 24 push buttons on the arm rest to manouevre the movement in such a way as the EMU (Extra-vehicular-mobility), a type of small rocket mounted on the back of the space suit, with batteries and oxygen weighing 70 kg.
The male sperm whale has the largest brain than any other animal. This whale grows to a maximum of 65 ft and weighs about 45 tonnes.
The nocturnal lizards -geckos-have an unusual adaptation of hairy feet. Each foot has about 5, 00, 000 hairs and each hair tip has thousands of microscopic stickers, creating a powerful adhesive which enables it to walk on any surface and even hang by one toe.