NASA is the best space agency in the world by far. The agency has achieved many amazing feats that other space agency can only dream off. NASA is the only space agency in the world to achieve interstellar travel (the space between stars) thanks to the space probes Voyager 1 & 2. It is responsible for the Apollo moon-landings, Skylab, the Space Shuttle program, the International Space Station (in collaboration with other nations), Commercial Resupply Services and Crew Program, the Beyond Low Earth Orbit program and many more. NASA is one of the coolest places to work in the world.
16 Cool, Interesting and Fun Facts About NASA
1. NASA was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 as a response to Russia’s launch of Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite.
2. NASA is headquartered in Washington DC.
3. NASA is short for “National Aeronautics and Space Administration”.
4. The space agency has an annual budget of over 22 billion dollars US and a workforce of over 17,000 people.
5. NASA is responsible for launching the twin space probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Both probes are the only man made objects to successfully leave our solar system.
6. NASA is the only space agency to successfully send rovers to Mars.
7. Explorer 1 is the first artificial satellite launched by the US.
8. The retired orbiter space shuttle Endeavour was created using spare parts from both Atlantis and Discovery.
9. President John F. Kennedy was determined to have humans walk on the moon and so he gave NASA a mandate – walk humans on the moon by the end of the 1960s. NASA accomplished this goal on July 20, 1969.
10. The US’s Neil Armstrong was the first human being to walk on the moon, he was born on August 5, 1930.
11. In order to be recognized as an astronaut by NASA, you must travel at least 50 miles from the surface of the earth.
12. Although he is famous and very smart with a lot of schooling in mechanical engineering (worked for Boeing), American science educator Bill Nye’s application to join NASA has been rejected many times.
13. During the Apollo missions, the Apollo astronauts did not qualify for life insurance. Not even NASA could insurer them, so what they did was sign autographs and left them to their family members to sell if anything happened to them while in space.
14. Even though life hasn’t been found on other planets yet… NASA has a program called: Office of Planetary Protection for dealing with life on other planets.
15. NASA is responsible for over 1,000 unmanned missions into space to explore our solar system and launch communication satellites.
16. 3 men from Yemen sued NASA for trespassing on Mars. According to them, Mars was inhabited by their ancestors some 3000 years ago and NASA had no right to send their rovers and satellites over there.