During NASA’s Apollo 10 moon mission in 1969, not quite everything went according to the plan. But we’re not talking Apollo 13-style disasters, instead, we’re talking about some toilet-based issues. On the sixth day of Apollo 10 moon mission, the three-man crew had a couple of close encounters with “turds,” which thanks to NASA’s mission transcript, have been recorded for the future generations.
The $2.5 billion that it cost to launch Curiosity Rover may sounds like a lot, but as the Facebook group “I f**king love science” noted, that’s pocket change compared to the cost of the London Olympics … The group compared Curiosity’s $2.5 billion number from The New York Times and the Olympic’s $15 billion estimate from Forbes in a pie chart. (A pie chart suggests Curiosity and the Olympics were dipping from the same pool of money.)
A penny in today’s economy does not go very far, but that has not stopped NASA from making a 1-cent piece stretch all the way to another planet: Mars. This Lincoln penny is part of a camera calibration target attached to NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, which successfully landed in Gale Crater on August 6, 2012.