NASA, established in 1958, is the aeronautics and aerospace research agency of the United States of America. It is the foremost leading space agency in the world. NASA is credited with successfully landing the first human on Moon when Neil Armstrong, who was followed by Buzz Aldrin, set their foot on the lunar soil. Since then, NASA has taken several leaps and bounds to scale new heights in space research. However, there are few less-known facts about NASA that many aren’t aware of. Here are 11 strange NASA facts that you didn’t know.
1Tom & Jerry Satellites
NASA has 2 satellites chasing each other around the Earth tracking the distance between themselves to measure gravitational anomalies. Their nicknames are Tom & Jerry.
George Aldrich has worked for NASA for over 40 years, and his job is to smell things. This is to ensure that there are no unpleasant smells on ISS and the shuttle. Oh, and his nose also gets calibrated and tested every four months.
NASA has a radio station, and all they play is alternative rock.
4NASA sued for trespassing!
Three men from Yemen sued NASA for trespassing on Mars. They claim that they inherited the planet from their ancestors 3,000 years ago.
5The Martian Scientist
There’s a team of NASA scientists who’ve been pretending they’re on Mars for nearly a year. They live and work in a dome on the side of a Hawaiian volcano and only go out in spacesuits.
6You have a text message from NASA
NASA will send you a text message whenever the International Space Station passes over your location. If you are interested, you can register for this service here.
7The Beauty Contest
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory used to run a female beauty pageant, the winner of which was crowned ‘Miss Guided Missile’.
8The late Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong’s NASA application was a week late. If it weren’t for his friend, Dick Day, secretly slipping it into the pile, he would have been rejected.
9Lay back & get paid
NASA will pay you $15,000 to lay in bed for 90 days, measuring the effects of zero gravity on your body. Sounds like the best job in the world, isn’t?
10Personal message to the Astronauts
You can send an Internet “postcard” with a message to the crew of the International Space Station.
11Too much of Sun
Since the space station is orbiting the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour, the crew on board sees 16 sunrises and sunsets each day.