In 2008, hackers gained unauthorized access to a NASA spacecraft’s control system but chose to do nothing with it.
For the first Moon landing, the average age of NASA controllers was 26 years old.
NASA’s first trip into space was made possible in part by Katherine Johnson, an African American scientist who was in charge of calculating the rocket’s flight trajectory. Her work was so trusted that, even after NASA had switched to computers, they would call on her to check for any mistakes.
NASA engineers once asked Sally Ride if 100 tampons was enough for a 7 day mission.
NASA asked Buzz Aldrin to refrain from quoting the Bible on the moon.
NASA has a radio station, and all they play is alternative rock.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory used to run a female beauty pageant, the winner of which was crowned ‘Miss Guided Missile’.
It would have cost NASA more money to fake the moon landing than actually doing it.
NASA is planning to grow plants on the moon by 2015 – “If they can thrive, we probably can too”.
When NASA concluded that a “doughnut-sized” object that appeared mysteriously before its Opportunity rover on Mars was actually an errant rock, it left some people dissatisfied: A lawsuit brought against the Agency alleges NASA not only failed to adequately investigate the object, but that it is biological in nature.