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Top 10 Mission facts that will blow your mind.

  1. The creators of "Parks and Recreation" did research for the show by interviewing actual government officials. One said, "Well, I’m a libertarian, so I don’t really believe in the mission of my job. Yes, I’m aware of the irony." The character of Ron Swanson was born.

  2. When Robert Ballard (professor of oceanography) announced a mission to find the Titanic, it was a cover story for a classified mission to search for lost nuclear submarines. They finished before they were due back, so the team spent the extra time looking for the Titanic and actually found it.

  3. The Sex Pistols were asked by their manager to write a song called "Submission", hoping they would write about bondage. Instead they wrote a song about a submarine mission.

  4. The Wait Calculation that states that an interstellar mission that cannot be completed within 50 years should not be started at all as it will be overtaken by more efficient and faster later missions

  5. In 1970, a fighter pilot was forced to eject during a training mission. His plane, however, righted itself and continued flying for miles, finally touching down gently in a farmer's field. It earned the nickname "The Cornfield Bomber."

  6. Jonny Kim. His accomplishments include being a former Navy Seal with 100 combat missions, a Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard, and will soon be an astronaut for NASA

  7. About the joke behind NASA's Juno mission. While Jupiter's moons are named after the god's many mistresses, Juno, the space probe sent to orbit and monitor Jupiter, is named after his wife.

  8. In 1973 two men were stranded 1,575 feet below the ocean when their submarine buoyancy tank inadvertently flooded. They were rescued after 76 hours with only 12 minutes of air remaining. It was the deepest underwater rescue mission in history.

  9. Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space on 16 June 1963, where she spent three days orbiting the Earth 48 times, and is the only woman to have completed a solo space mission

  10. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. carried out Operation Popeye, a "cloud-seeding" mission to stimulate clouds in Vietnam to increase rainfall and lengthen the monsoon season. After the operation was declassified in 1974, the United Nations banned the weaponization of weather.

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Explore the Apollo Missions on the Moon's surface in this 3D map I made [link below]

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Messages sent through Apollo 13 Mission. Hour where explosion occurred highlighted in red

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The F-82 "Twin Mustang" fighter plane, designed to escort bombers thousands of miles to Tokyo, was literally two P-51 Mustangs joined at the wing. Both cockpits were fully functional, so one pilot could sleep while the other flew the plane on missions that could last up to 12 hours.

Sybil Ludington—a 16-year-old revolutionary who rode twice the distance Paul Revere did in 1777 to warn people of a British invasion. She navigated 40 miles of rainy terrain at night while avoiding British loyalists and ended up completing her mission before dawn the next day.

The Mask of Warka, the oldest discovered accurate depiction of a human face (3100 BC), disappeared from the National Museum of Iraq after the 2003 US invasion. A US military mission to recover lost artifacts found the mask, undamaged, buried in a farmer's backyard.

In 1991 Sergei Krikalev flew into space as a USSR citizen and came back as a Russian. During his mission he witnessed the collapse of the Union, creation of Russia, change of government, replacement of president, and change of the name of he city he came from.

The American flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission was inserted only seven inches deep and was placed about 27 feet from the Eagle landing craft. As a result, it was blown over by the blast of the rocket exhaust during the takeoff back to Earth.

Four South Korean woodcutters stumbled across the camp of a group of North Korean commandos on a mission to assassinate the South Korean president. The commandos lectured them on the benefits of communism and spared their lives, but their mission failed as the woodcutters had alerted the police.

Three overworked astronauts aboard Skylab mutinied by turning off radio communications with mission control for several hours. They were never allowed in space again.

After the success of 'Shaun of the Dead', Simon Pegg was asked if would he would leave England for Hollywood. He replied, "It's not like we're going to go away and do, I don't know, Mission: Impossible III." Two years later, he was cast as Benji in Mission Impossible III

During the Mariner 4 Mars mission in 1964, the scientists were so eager to see the first ever close up images of another planet that they printed out the numerical data and hand colored it with crayons instead of waiting for a processed image.

The space shuttle flew 135 missions with a flight computer that had less than 1% of the computing power as an XBox 360.

The Wait Calculation suggest that we should not do interstellar travel if we can't get to our destination within 50 years because if the current civilization still can advance in propulsion system velocity, a future mission will pass the previous one and get there faster.

When Robert Ballard asked the Navy to fund his search for the Titanic, they told him to secretly survey two sunken US nuclear subs first, to keep the USSR in the dark. After the covert mission was done, Ballard's team had only 12 days to find the Titanic.

The United States Air Force Pararescue (PJs) use the sound bite of "Leeroy Jenkins" from World of Warcraft to notify themselves of an upcoming medevac mission.

In 2006, "to understand and protect the home planet" was quietly removed from NASA's mission statement.

Navy Seals who carried out the Bin Laden kill mission, forgot to bring a tape measure and had to measure Laden's height by making a six feet tall Seal lie down next to Laden's corpse

Sun Tzu had to train the king's concubines as soldiers, so he chose 2 as captains & gave an order, but they all just giggled. He ordered the captains' death, to the king's protests. Sun Tzu said he had to complete his mission. The captains were killed & the squads then performed perfectly.

The Air Force had a little known unit with the motto "You've gotta be shitting me", which was what some of the crews said when they were told their mission. It was a unit dedicated to hunting down anti aircraft missile launchers...using aircraft.

India's Mars mission cost less than the movie "Gravity."

The Minnesota Vikings' new stadium cost more than a NASA mission to Pluto.

Neil Armstrong before leaving for the Apollo 11 Space mission signed hundreds of autographs and had them dropped in the mail on the exact date of their moon mission, in case he died during the mission and his family could monetize his autographs.

A NASA astronaut waited 19 years to fly in space. Don Lind was selected in 1966 but was chosen for canceled missions, or as backup for missions; he said, "I was backing up two of the most depressingly healthy people you can imagine." Lind finally flew on the space shuttle in 1985.

Bomb and Drug sniffing dogs will eventually develop psychological problems if they never find any, and must occasionally be taken on dummy missions to satisfy their 'prey-drive.'

The three member crew of NASA's Skylab 4 mission staged a one-day mutiny where they shut off all communication with ground control and spent the day relaxing and looking at the Earth.

NASA engineers once asked Sally Ride if 100 tampons was enough for a 7 day mission

John Glenn flew combat missions in WWII and Korea, became the first American to orbit the Earth, was present for the assassination of Robert Kennedy, served as Senator from Ohio, and, while still a senator, became the oldest person to fly in space at age 77.

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The data suggests that the chaps at r/Space would really like a Space Shuttle mission to Jupiter.

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NASA Space Shuttle Mission Launch Dates and NASA Annual Budget