NASA is credited (wrongly) with inventing Velcro, Tang, and Teflon; although it does point out that these products were all used by NASA programs at one point or another after they were invented. But this invention is indisputable: the Super Soaker water gun, which was created by former NASA systems engineer Lonnie Johnson – as are these 15 other items that were invented by NASA.
The history of NASA is a history of almost uncountable firsts, including the first time anyone ever shaved in space. That honour went to the crew of Apollo 10, who broke out safety razors, shaving gel, and damp washcloths to scrape the stubble off their chins on their way home after four days in space in 1969, where they simulated a moon landing to help preparations for Apollo 11, reports Space.com.
Your rest is their gain
According to NASA, a meaningful way to study the effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human body is to study people who stay in bed for long periods of time. So, they’re paying people $19,000 to keep vertical for two months at a time – although, as CNCB reports, that position is likely to change (literally) as NASA scientists put you and your bed through a centrifuge.
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