15 Facts about NASA

 1. Training with Armageddon.

NASA will show the Armageddon movie to its trainees and ask them to find as many scientific inaccuracies as possible.

2. There are a lot of NASA inventions that we use every day.

A lot of the things that we use every day were invented by scientists at NASA. Some of them are Insulin Pumps, Smoke Detectors, Solar Panels, Artifical Limbs, Workout Machines, and the list can continue.

3. Paying for staying in bed.

NASA will pay you $15.000 if you stay in bed 24 hours for 90 days to measure the effects of zero gravity. Who thought that you can make money in bed…

4. ISS Messages.

Every time the International Space Station passes above your location, you will receive a message on your phone informing you about that.

5. The Discovery shuttle.

NASA’s Discovery shuttle spent a total of 365 days in space and has travelled 148,221,675 miles. That’s enough to travel to the moon and back more than 300 times!

6. A computer in the kitchen.

The computer that your toaster has is more powerful than the one used by NASA to send astronauts to the moon. It had 64 kb of memory and operated at 0.043MHz.

7. Super Soaker Gun.

Lonnie G. Johnson was a NASA engineer who helped astronauts get into space also invented the Super Soaker Gun, which is one of the world’s 20 best selling items in the toy industry.

8. Office of Planetary protection.

In case that life would be discovered on other planets besides Earth, NASA has a special program called The Office for Planetary Protection.

9. Enterprise.

The Enterprise shuttle should have been named Constitution, but the fans of the TV show Star Trek ran a successful write-in campaign to change the name.

10. The Moon Recordings.

NASA admitted that in 2006 it accidentally recorded over the original tapes of the moon landing. Fortunate enough, NASA wasn’t the only group that recorded the landing. Copies from Johnson Space Center and CBS are currently being restored.

11. Astronauts.

You can be officially recognized as an astronaut if you passed the height limit of 50 miles above the surface of the Earth (80 kilometres). The total number of Astronauts ever is 833.

12. Asteroid impact.

NASA designed a special rocket that is capable of using a nuclear explosion to deflect an oncoming asteroid that may endanger Earth. Seems like Armaggedon wasn’t that bad of an example though…

13. Life Insurance.

Due to the dangers of their job, astronauts couldn’t qualify for life insurance, and NASA didn’t insure them either. Just to be safe in case the mission failed, they signed autographs before they left that could become valuable if they died in space.

14. Budget

Most Americans think that NASA’s budget is around 20% of the total budget. In reality, they receive only 0.5% of the federal budget every year. That’s about $20 billion. Maybe you think that is a lot, but compare that to the facts that the Apollo program cost $150 billion.

15. Skylab Crash

When Skylab crashed in Australia in 1979, the Australian government fined NASA $400 for littering. The fine was paid only recently.

 

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