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

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13. Your toaster could basically put a man on the moon

There’s no denying that NASA operates at the cutting edge of technology. But even 1969’s tech paled in comparison to what we have now – which is why the computer system in your toaster might actually be more advanced than the one that sent astronauts to the moon. In fact, the Apollo Guidance Computer had only 64 kb of memory, maxing out at 0.043 MHz. Next time, then, you might think twice before complaining that your laptop is slow.

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12. NASA was once fined $400 by Australia

When NASA spacecraft debris landed in Australia, the country slapped the space agency with a $400 fine – for littering. In 1979, parts of the abandoned Skylab, a manned orbiting laboratory, managed to land on the west coast of the country, rather than the planned target of the Indian Ocean. The fine was eventually paid 20 years later after a radio DJ in California raised the money from his audience.

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