Amazing Facts About NASA

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Today we’re talking about the Most interesting organizations in the world NASA. Space travel is terrifying to some and a lifelong dream to others but it’s certainly fascinating. NASA was founded in 1958 in association with the US government mainly to try and beat the Soviet Union into space. There have been many manned and unmanned NASA programs since the 1950s some are resounding success and some famous for their disaster.

* Apparently NASA shows its recruits Armageddon as apart of their training. They don’t show it as a positive example they show it as a test recruits are asked to identify as many scientific and logistical inaccuracies in the film as possible apparently there are quite a few.

* NASA worked with speedo in 2008 to create a swimsuit with as little drag as possible. NASA and speedo got together on this project and made a swimsuit so organ ohmic it’s actually been banned in many swimming competitions. It’s considered too unfair an advantage which is testimony to how great the engineering must be.

* NASA’s goal is to send a manned mission to orbit Mars by 2030. Many of us have wondered what it would be like to live on Mars and how close we actually are to it turns out. We’re a good 15 years away from being able to orbit the planet. Never mind a land on it and start building houses.

* The office of planetary protection was founded to protect Earth in case we come into contact with other life-forms. If sci-fi films are anything to go by aliens are likely to be hostile if they suddenly arrive or if we start pestering them in order to protect our planet. NASA actually founded a specific department to quote ensure that we are taking prudent precautions to protect Earth’s biosphere.

* The inventor of the Super Soaker was a NASA scientist by day as well as creating the world’s greatest water pistol he helped to develop the stealth bomber for the US Air Force and worked on the Galileo mission to Jupiter we’re not sure the Super Soaker features much NASA technology but plenty of NASA  innovation.

* It’s not true that NASA spent a fortune developing a pen that writes in space the old rumor goes that Soviet astronauts a wise Lee used pencils while NASA messed about developing a space pen this isn’t true in actual fact both American and Soviet astronauts used specially developed zero-gravity pens in space a quick fun fact we found during our research in the early 2000s NASA engineers had to resort to buying old parts on ebay so they could make new equipment when they needed a certain microchip they had to buy lots of out-of-date medical equipment just to scavenge it.

* We actually use lots of NASA inventions every single day NASA invented the memory foam mattress cordless vacuums water filters and scratch resistant lenses for our glasses NASA scientists can also take credit for some hugely important medical discoveries including cochlear implants and cat scans.

* The Apollo 11 astronauts couldn’t get any life insurance no insurer would cover them and NASA wouldn’t die there so the Apollo 11 crew signed NASA postcards before they set off on their mission the hope was that if they returned the postcards would be worth a fortune thankfully they were.

* Three men from Yemen tried to sue NASA because they believe Mars is theirs in 1997 the three men claimed that they had inherited the planet three thousand years ago from an ancestor their case  was based on a belief that there was an ancient civilization there but it didn’t fly in front of a judge.

* Neil Armstrong’s astronaut application was a week late the man who would one day take one giant leap for mankind nearly didn’t because his application form was late thankfully his friend who already worked for NASA slipped his form into the pile anyway.

* NASA will text you every time the International Space Station flies over you the biggest object in orbit the ISS first launched in 1998 and has continued to be an important observatory and research facility every time it passes over your coordinates while it’s in orbit you can request a text notification you can sign up at spot the station nasa.gov.

* NASA has to power down its satellites when they pass over a certain part of Brazil the South Atlantic anomaly is a bit of a mystery and means that in this particular area Earth’s magnetic field is particularly weak.

* There’s a group of scientists working in Hawaii but pretending they’re on Mars this team of six workers in a dome on the slope of a volcano replicating the studies that they want to conduct on Mars and testing  how possible it is they wear spacesuits outside and test the psychological factors of the mission as well as the logistics if you’re interested in who else fancies a trip to Mars and is orking many many hours to make it happen check out our video 15 things you didn’t know about Elon Musk.

* Signal sent from Jupiter to earth is a billion times weaker than your phone’s signal NASA’s Juno mission sees one of their satellites orbit Jupiter and when it sends messages back to Mission Control they are less than high quality one of the program’s advisors has likened the precision needed to catch Juno signal to hitting a hole-in-one from California to DC

* NASA has some explaining to do there have been at numerous cases where NASA admitted to being faced with alien like activity here are some of them in 1991 NASA discovered a small body near Earth that is now listed in their astrophysics data system as a possible alien probe in 2006.

* NASA scientists discovered a strange noise in deep space that was several times louder than anything they would expect to this day they do not know what it was and it has been dubbed the space roar in the same year NASA admitted to having accidentally recorded  over the original tapes of the moon land .

* NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration which is part of the United States government agency which conducts research involving outer space.

* NASA was created by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958 in response to the Soviet Union’s launch for the first artificial satellites the previous year the Americans called this the Sputnik crisis the crisis became such a big deal that it was actually one of the main reasons for the creation of NASA

* There have been two different NASA logos the meatball and the worm so the meatball is  original logo and also the current logo so-called because of the blue sphere representing the planets kind of looks like a meatball a little bit now in the 70s NASA decided that it needed a new logo to refresh the agency’s image as forward-thinking and futuristic and the new logo reflected this ideal and it just had the four letters na s a so simplified and stylized that even the cross strokes in the A’s were removed and this was all in attempt to make the logo on a whole look more aerodynamic but no one really liked the worm NASA logo so they went back to the meatball

* The first human in space was a Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in April 1961 followed by John Glenn who became the first American to circle the earth in a little mercury capsule in 1962 humans  went to the moon in the year 1969 and the first space shuttle Columbia flew in 1881 those are some little interesting facts about NASA that I kind of just put into one heading

* Women in space Sally Ride was the first American woman in space and since there have been many more but no other woman has ever walked on the moon and interesting fact about her trip though is that NASA engineers actually asked her if 100 tampons was sufficient enough for her seven-day mission anyways this is not a biology episode it’s about NASA.

* Shuttle era of NASA began in 1972 and the for those of you who are confused a Space Shuttle is a big wide space ship that looks like an airplane and is probably what most of you imagine when you think of NASA and space travel but what you may not know is that NASA currently doesn’t have a space shuttle program anymore the program ended back in the year 2011 due to budget cuts and the last three shuttles and ever Atlantis and discovery are now.

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