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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The inventor of the Super Soaker squirt gun, one of the most popular toys in the world, was a NASA scientist who also helped develop the Stealth Bomber and the Galileo mission to Jupiter. His name is Lonnie G. Johnson.
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, spotted a cloud of strange glowing “fireflies” on his second orbit. Later, NASA confirmed that the “fireflies” were simply droplets of his own urine that had been expelled from his craft during his previous orbit.
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.
Space Shuttle ascending above the clouds taken by NASA.
There’s a full-time job for defending our planet from aliens. NASA’s official title for this position is ‘Planetary Protection Officer’, and it’s existed since after the US signed the Outer Space Treaty in 1967. The job involves keeping Earth and other planets safe from contaminates, and it pays up to $187k.
A cement truck crashed near Winganon, Oklahoma in the 1950s and the mixer was too heavy to move. It’s still there; locals have painted it to look like an abandoned NASA capsule.
Astronaut Mike Hopkins managed to capture one of the best selfies ever.
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Stephen Hawking believes that either artificial intelligence, human aggression, or aliens will destroy the human race.
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NASA developed a technology called FINDER. It’s able to detect heartbeats and breathing through up to 30 feet of rubble, 20 feet of solid concrete, and was used to find survivors during the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. source
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