What Is The Heaviest Object In The World?

There are several possible reasons that you might need to know what the heaviest object in the world is. Maybe you have a five year old who refuses to go to sleep until you tell them, or maybe you're looking for something to compare your rotund opponent to in a forthcoming roast battle, or maybe cannabis was just legalized where you live. Maybe you think that this is the sort of fact you can pull out at a party in order to establish that you're terribly interesting, in which case it would be irresponsible for us not to point you away from fascinating internet articles and towards a path to self acceptance. You're perfect just the way you are. Ain't nobody going to love you until you love yourself, not even if you know what the heaviest object in the world is.

The heaviest metal in the world

Now that you're well and fully self-realized, you'll be interested to learn that the heaviest object ever weighed, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was the Revolving Service Structure from the 39B launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The RSS is a specialized architectural behemoth which "provides protected access to the orbiter for installation and servicing of payloads at the pad, as well as servicing access to certain systems on the orbiter," per NASA's description of the beast. Sadly, over the course of several months in 2010 and 2011, the monster was removed entirely, a victim of continuing advances in technology and a space race that had slowed to a crawl decades prior. The total cost of deconstruction hit $1.3 million.

The Revolving Service Structure required 21 jacking points to be lifted and, at 2,423 metric tons, inched out the second heaviest object in the world, which is, of course, your mom.