We already brought you part one of 30 shocking facts about NASA, and now we’re back with part two! Check out even more insane information about the world’s most popular space exploration research facility below, and stay tuned for part three!
Number Twenty-Two: Alien Probe. In 1991, an artificial body was found near earth that was so strange that Spacewatch listed it as a possible alien probe. It won’t be close to earth again until 2016, but it still holds a place on NASA’s Astrophysics data system.
Number Twenty-One: Thad Roberts. The story of Thad Roberts is both amusing and sad. This poor, horny intern spent seven years in federal prison just for having sex with his girlfriend on a bed of stolen moon rocks. He may have stolen the moon rocks, but still, we think that’s a little harsh.
Number Twenty: Get Paid to Sleep. In case you’ve ever fantasized about making money while you sleep, NASA will pay you $15,000 to lay in bed 24 hours a day. However, keep in mind you will have to repeat this for 90 days, which means three months of life missed out on.
Number Nineteen: Gregory W. Nemitz. Gregory W. Nemitz’s claim to fame is Asteroid 433 Eros. When a NASA spacecraft landed on Asteroid 433 Eros in 2001, Nemitz’s company issued NASA a $20 parking ticket because Nemitz claimed to have ownership rights of the asteroid.
Number Eighteen: Bill Nye. Bill Nye was repeatedly rejected by NASA after several applications failed to earn him the role of “astronaut.” Considering Bill Nye’s current career, this was probably for the best. Plus, we bet the antics of our favorite scientific video host might annoy other astronauts up in space.
Number Seventeen: Waterworld. NASA recently discovered a planet that is capable of defying physics. The planet, which is approximately 40 light-years away from earth, could contain materials dubbed “hot ice” and “superfluid water.” Superfluid water has physical properties that allow it to act in a way that opposes what gravity would predict.
Number Sixteen: TLC. Popular channel TLC, or The Learning Channel, was founded in 1972 as a collaboration between NASA and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. TLC is now one of the most popular channels that currently exists.