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At Least 207 of NASA’s 312 Astronauts Have Been Active Boy Scouts; All Three Crew Members of the Apollo 13 were Boy Scouts Too

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest scouting organizations in the United States. The mission of the organization is to prepare the youth and help them make ethical and moral choices throughout their lives by instilling certain values. But did you ever wonder how many of NASA’s astronauts were active boy scouts …

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Countdown

What Inspired NASA to Use a Countdown for Rocket Launches?

NASA retired a historic piece of equipment on December 1, 2014, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It wasn’t a rocket or even a deep space nine-iron. It was the original countdown clock, a large analog display the size of a titan’s wristwatch that stood across the river from the rocket launch site and …

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Who is NASA’s Longest-Serving Female Employee?

NASA started recruiting women and minorities for their space program in the 1960s. By the end of the decade, they had already employed thousands of women. But did you know who the longest-serving female employee is? Susan G. Finley has been with NASA since January 1958. She has been an engineer and programmer for space …

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Was the Big Orange Fuel Tank of the Space Shuttles Always Orange?

Through the years, there were many changes NASA made to ensure the overall efficiency of the space shuttle. One of these changes was to reduce the weight of its external tank. There was a one-pound increase in the carrying capacity of the space shuttle for every pound reduced in its heaviness. The original orange-glazed design …

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Meet the joke behind NASA’s Juno mission. While Jupiter’s moons are named after the god’s many mistresses, Juno, the space probe sent to orbit and monitor Jupiter, is named after his wife.

Kepler laid the groundwork for this amazing science joke 400 years ago — and it finally paid off Wikimedia Commons Even in the space age, a little knowledge of the classics comes in handy sometimes. If you’re a fan of Greco-Roman mythology and NASA, you may have noticed that the space probe now orbiting Jupiter …

Meet the joke behind NASA’s Juno mission. While Jupiter’s moons are named after the god’s many mistresses, Juno, the space probe sent to orbit and monitor Jupiter, is named after his wife. Read More »