10 Fun Fact About NASA Part 2


More interesting facts about NASA!
Part 1: http://endlessfacts.com/p/XAj68

While filming of 1995 movie Apollo 13, four hours' worth of film was shot on board NASA’s KC-135 reduced gravity aircraft.

NASA is building a bi-directional “Flying Wing” aircraft. It can fly forwards or sideways at full speed.

Computers aboard Apollo 11 that put the first man on the moon had 1/6th the computing power of today’s TI-83 calculators.

The Fallen Astronaut Memorial sculpture and plaque was smuggled onto Apollo 15 and installed in Mons Hadley without the knowledge of NASA.

Carl Sagan (Astronomer) insisted that it was a common practice for NASA astronauts to be given cyanide pills in-case they could not return back to Earth.

Mars Rover “Curiosity” is officially designated by NASA as “she.”

In order for NASA to recognize you as an astronaut, you must travel higher than 50 miles from the Earth’s surface.

When Skylab reentered the atmosphere and crashed in Australia in 1979, Australian government fined NASA $400 for littering. The fine remained unpaid for 30 years.

NASA did a study and found nuclear explosions actually are the best way to deflect any incoming asteroid and even designed a spaceship capable of performing similar mission.

NASA engineers offered Sally Ride (the first American woman in space) 100 tampons for a 7 day space mission.