NASA has achieved so much since it was established, it has been a pioneer and leader in the field of space missions in the world. Before the establishment of NASA, President Woodrow Wilson started the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) which was meant to both supervise and to direct scientific research and study into flight problems.
NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was created by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958, one year after Sputnik 1 was launched by the Soviets which was the first artificial satellite in the world. After President John F. Kennedy gave NASA the goal of sending a man to the moon by the end of the 1960s, the first men walked on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. Here are 10 Fun Facts About NASA that you should now.
Facts About NASA
1. Facts About The Apollo Missions:
Twelve men have walked on the moon, during the Apollo missions.
The Apollo Astronauts were unable to qualify for life insurance and were not insured by NASA. So, they restored ‘insurance autographs’ which were signed just before their launch in the expectation that its value would skyrocket in the event of their deaths.
The Apollo 13 lunar landing was cancelled after an oxygen tank exploded in 1970.
A NASA flight controller named John Aaron saved Apollo 12 after it was struck by lightning and later he also saved the Apollo 13 crew members by developing a unique power-up sequence to allow a safe reentry.
Also, the computer (64Kbyte of memory and 0.043MHz). NASA used to sent astronauts to the moon is less powerful than the computers used in today’s toasters. It only had
2. The Office of Planetary Protection:
Just in case life is ever found in any other planet, NASA has a program for dealing with that called the Office of Planetary Protection. And there are also jobs available for positions like Planetary Protection Officer. The programme was created after the US signed the Outer Space Treaty in 1967. Fun fact, NASA will text you whenever the International Space Station passes over your location.
3. Lonnie Johnson:
Super Soaker squirt gun and also helped in developing the Stealth Bomber for US Air Force and the Galileo mission to Jupiter for NASA. NASA invented many things over the years including invisible braces, scratch-resistant lenses. NASA worked with Speedo to create the most drag resistant swimsuit ever in 2008.
Also, it is a myth that NASA spent millions of dollars producing the space pen while soviet astronauts simply used a pencil. NASA has also designed a spaceship that is capable of using a nuclear explosion to deflect an oncoming asteroid. The Learning Channel, TLC was founded by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in collaboration with NASA in 1972. NASA also grew Insulin crystals in space in 1998 which was so effective it could reduce Insulin intake from 1-3 times per day to once every 3 days.
4. To Be Officially Considered An Astronaut By NASA:
NASA, of course, have some criteria. Including the fact that a person can’t be officially recognized as an astronaut by NASA until they have travelled at least 50 miles from the surface of the earth. NASA also is known for often showing the Hollywood movie “Armageddon” as part of its management training program. After showing the movie they ask its new staff to identify as many scientific inaccuracies as they can. There are at least 168 scientific mistakes in the movie. Maybe, Bill Nye, the Science Guy couldn’t figure the mistakes and that’s why he was rejected time and time again by NASA.
5. Yemen Men Sued NASA Once:
Three to be specific. According to them, NASA was trespassing on Mars. They claimed that they had inherited the planet thousands of years ago, from their ancient ancestors.
6. Thad Roberts:
Thad Roberts was a NASA intern who was arrested and spent 7 years in federal prison. Roberts, to impress a girl he liked, stole the moon rocks. And then the two had sex on a bed full of stolen moon rocks.
7. NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building Is So Huge That It Has Its Own Weather:
NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building in Florida has about 10,000 tons of Air Conditioning equipment to prevent rain clouds from forming inside on humid days. If not for the ACs, the humidity would cause rain clouds to form near the ceiling. The site of Cape Canaveral in Florida was chosen as a launch site as its closeness to the equator gives it more linear velocity than any other location in the United States. So, if NASA launches its rockets eastward from here, they can take advantage of the Earth’s rotation.
8. Gregory W. Nemitz:
Gregory W. Nemitz was a man who claimed ownership of Asteroid 433 Eros, on which the spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker landed in 2001, and his company Orbital Development also issued NASA a parking ticket for $20. In 1979, NASA was also fined $400 by the Australian government for littering. After the Skylab crashed in Australia upon reentry.
9. NASA Once Offered To Pay $18,000 To Lay In Bed For 70 Days Straight:
It was to measure the effects of zero gravity on your body and what sort of muscle loss a person goes through when inactive for so long. 28-year-old Drew Iwanicki was the only person who was selected from a pool of 25,000 applicants.
10. NASA Admitted To No Longer Having The Original Videotapes Of The Moon Landing:
In 2006, NASA admitted that they no longer had the original videotapes of the moon as they accidentally recorded over the original tapes. Talking about the Moon landing, Neil Armstrong almost didn’t make the cut at NASA. His NASA application was late by a week. But fortunately, his friend secretly slipped his application it into the pile at the right time.
The South Atlantic Anomaly:
There is a large area over Brazil called the South Atlantic Anomaly, where the Earth’s magnetic field has weakened. The area is so huge that NASA powers down its satellites when passing over it. It is called the South Atlantic Anomaly.
The Value Of Minerals In The Asteroid Belt:
NASA estimates that the value amounts to about $100 billion for every human on the planet.
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