10 Fun Fact About NASA Part 2

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


1
While filming of 1995 movie Apollo 13, four hours' worth of film was shot on board NASA’s KC-135 reduced gravity aircraft.

2
NASA is building a bi-directional “Flying Wing” aircraft. It can fly forwards or sideways at full speed.

3
Computers aboard Apollo 11 that put the first man on the moon had 1/6th the computing power of today’s TI-83 calculators.

4
The Fallen Astronaut Memorial sculpture and plaque was smuggled onto Apollo 15 and installed in Mons Hadley without the knowledge of NASA.

5
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.

6
Mars Rover “Curiosity” is officially designated by NASA as “she.”

7
In order for NASA to recognize you as an astronaut, you must travel higher than 50 miles from the Earth’s surface.

8
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.

9
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.

10
NASA engineers offered Sally Ride (the first American woman in space) 100 tampons for a 7 day space mission.