Scientists are working on a nuclear fusion rocket which could reach Mars in 30 days.
A pile of Neil Armstrong’s poop is sitting somewhere on the moon.
If you were were exposed to outer space without a suit, after about 15 seconds, you would be blue, bloated, and in an unresponsive stupor, but not dead. If they got you back inside and gave you oxygen within about 90 seconds, you’d likely make a complete recovery with only minor injuries.
The first “emergency” aboard Apollo 13 was when astronaut John Swigert radioed Huston because he had forgotten to file his income taxes. Flight Director Glynn Lunney assured that Americans out of the country got a 60-day extension on filing.
When Alan Shepard was waiting for liftoff to become the first American in space, a reporter asked him what he was thinking about. He replied “The fact that every part of this ship was built by the low bidder.“
Space travel gives astronauts a feeling of being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness. Edgar Mitchell described what it’s like to stand on the moon and look at the Earth: “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. 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.’ ”
The Moon was proposed to be the 51st State of the USA.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had to remember not to close the door on the Eagle Lunar Lander, because it had no outside door handle.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left one of Yuri Gagarin’s cosmonaut medals on the moon to pay tribute to his accomplishment as the world’s first man in space.
The first thing Buzz Aldrin did upon stepping foot on the moon was to hold a communion service but NASA kept it a secret because they were “still smarting from the lawsuit filed by Madalyn Murray O’Hair” regarding the Genesis readings on Apollo 8.