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

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15. The Super Soaker was invented by a NASA scientist

NASA scientist Lonnie Johnson made a name for himself within the organization after working on the original stealth bomber. But he was also the brains behind a household toy: the much-loved Super Soaker water pistol, which first appeared on shelves in 1990.

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14. This big bang can’t be explained

Space is, by definition, basically full of the unknown. And while scientists have done a pretty good job of figuring out what’s in our immediate vicinity, there’s one sound they haven’t been able to explain. In 2009, an instrument in the atmosphere received a signal from light years away – a “booming noise six times louder than anyone had predicted,” according to NASA scientist Alan Kogut. To this day, it’s an absolute mystery.

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