When NASA was preparing for Sally Ride to travel as the first American female astronaut, engineers initially were at a loss about how many tampons to send. “Is 100 the right number?” they asked her. “No. That would not be the right number,” she replied.
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After losing automatic control of his Mercury capsule, astronaut Gordon Cooper was forced to use his knowledge of constellations, wristwatch, and his eyeballs to manually land his spacecraft. He ended up splashing just 4 miles from his recovery ship, the most accurate landing up to that point.
Astronauts in space lose on average 1% of their bone mass a month. Most of which is excreted in their urine. They literally pee their skeleton out.
Charlie Duke left a family photo on the Moon on April 23, 1972. On the back side of the photo, a message reads: “This is the family of astronaut Charlie Duke from planet Earth who landed on the moon on April 20, 1972.”
NASA emailed a wrench to space. An astronaut working on the International Space Station needed a tool he didn’t have, so NASA designed one with computer software and emailed the file to him. He then used a 3D printer to create the first object ever designed on Earth and made in space.
When Astronaut Ed Mitchell was asked what it’s like to stand on the moon, he said: “From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’