9 Fascinating NASA Facts That Are Too Weird Not To Share.
The Super Soaker was invented by a NASA scientist.
NASA scientist Lonnie Johnson is well known within the organization for being a part of the original team that worked on the stealth bomber project. However, it may surprise you to know that he is the brains behind one of the most well known household toys, the Super Soaker water pistol.
Lonnie Johnson / Invention
They bought spacecraft parts on eBay.
In 2002, the electronic parts for many of NASA's older spacecraft were so outdated that they were no longer being manufactured, but they were essential to maintain the spacecraft in working condition. So the staff of NASA resorted to eBay in order to find the exact replacement parts that they needed.
The original moon landing tapes were wiped.
In 2006, NASA admitted that they might have committed a blunder like no other. The original tapes of one of humanity's biggest moments were untraceable. When they were finally hunted down, they found that the tapes had been erased and reused to cut costs. Luckily for them, CBS still had a few decent shots from the original news broadcast, and those moments were not entirely lost.
NASA took its skills underwater to design a swimsuit.
NASA scientists are considered the best at making things aerodynamic to travel through any medium. So it should come as no surprise that they teamed up with Speedo in 2004 to design a super fast swimsuit that would reduce the drag on the swimmer's body. However, they were so successful, that the suit was banned so that it wouldn't give an unfair advantage to its wearer.
Speedo / NASA
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