20 Eye-Popping Facts About NASA That Are Totally Out Of This World

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18. NASA hopes to send humans to Mars by 2030

NASA will land humans on Mars by 2030. Or at least, that’s its current aim, as outlined by former president Barack Obama. The initial mission will involve just getting astronauts there and back again. But further down the line, NASA wants to send humans there for “an extended time,” as Obama put it.

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17. The original moon-landing tapes were wiped

In 2006, NASA admitted to the blunder of a lifetime: the original tapes of the 1969 moon landings were nowhere to be found. When they eventually turned up, they were blank – having been erased and re-used to cut costs. Luckily, CBS still had a few decent copies of the original news broadcast to hand, saving the blushes of pretty much the entire organization.

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16. NASA pays people to stay in bed

Ever wanted to get paid to lay in bed all day? Of course you have. Well, how about working for NASA? From time to time, the space agency conducts “Bed Rest Studies,” which requires participants to lie on their backs for 70 days straight. In exchange, it will hand over a whopping $18,000. The studies help NASA scientists figure out how to keep astronauts healthy while they are traveling in space.

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