Tom Hanks is an avid supporter of NASA’s manned space programs and originally wanted to be an astronaut, but “didn’t have the math”. He was awarded the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award in 2006 for his contributions to raising public awareness of space programs.
NASA has a plan if astronauts “Lose It”, and that plan is to tie them up with duct tape.
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.
Entry level NASA Astronauts only make $64,724 per year. Senior level Astronauts top out at just $141,715.
This year, the U.S. government will allocate over 600 billion dollars to the Department of Defense. In contrast, NASA will receive just over 17 billion dollars in funding.
NASA wants to establish a floating cloud city to study Venus. The innovative concept involves helium-filled, solar-powered airships, which could contribute to humans permanently occupying the atmosphere of the hottest planet in our solar system.
NASA engineers and employees in the firing room celebrate successful launches with a tradition of eating beans.
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.