19 Interesting facts about NASA

  • President Dwight Eisenhower established NASA, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in 1958 in reaction to the Soviet Union's launch of its first artificial satellite the previous year.

  • President John F. Kennedy set a goal for NASA to send a humans to the moon by the end of the 1960s. As part of the Apollo 11 mission, the first men stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969.

  • During the Apollo missions, twelve men stepped on the moon.

  • The Apollo 13 lunar landing was called off in 1970 due to an oxygen tank explosion.

  • The Enterprise space shuttle was the first to be developed for the reusable spacecraft fleet, albeit it was only used for testing and never went in orbit.

  • NASA launched the Landsat satellites in 1972, with the goal of photographing the whole Earth's surface from orbit.

  • The SR-71, often known as the Blackbird, was a classified espionage plane employed by NASA for high-speed, high-altitude aeronautical research. That one was built in the late 1950s and flew for the first time in 1964.

  • On humid days, rain clouds can gather near the ceiling within NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building due to its size. To compensate, it boasts one of the biggest air conditioning systems in the world.

  • In the event that life is discovered on another planet, NASA maintains an Office of Planetary Protection.

  • Lonnie Johnson, a NASA scientist, designed the Super Soaker and assisted in the development of the stealth bomber.

  • Three Yemeni males sued NASA for trespassing on Mars. They claimed to have inherited the world from their forefathers 3000 years ago.

  • After admitting to unintentionally dubbing over their own tape recordings, NASA was forced to obtain and repair tapes of the actual moon landing from CBS and the Johnson Space Center in 2006.

  • NASA has also uncovered a "waterworld" around 40 light years distant from Earth, which may include strange elements such as heated ice and hyper fluid water.

  • NASA's Artemis programme is a lunar exploration initiative. NASA intends to place American astronauts on the Moon by 2024, including the first woman and the following man.

  • Regular cookies and bread are not permitted aboard the International Space Station per NASA.

  • Artists at NASA hand-painted a lunar landing simulator to scale in 1960 so pilots could practise manoeuvres on a dummy moon.

  • Every morning during a trip, NASA picks specific music for astronauts to wake up to.

  • NASA will pay you to lie in bed and research the consequences of weightlessness.

  • NASA developed technology that is utilised to manufacture a skin lotion that boosts moisture by 76%.

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