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What are some facts about NASA?

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The National Aeronautic and Space Administration was created in 1958, it has put 12 men on the moon, it accidently recorded over the original moon landing tapes and a modern toaster has more computing power than the NASA vehicles that went to the moon are some facts about NASA. NASA is the largest space agency in the world and operates 10 command facilities across America with over 19,000 employees and 40,000 contractors, as of 2015.

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NASA was created by President Eisenhower and Congress in direct response to the Soviet Union putting the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, in orbit in 1957. President Kennedy gave the agency the mission of putting a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s. It succeeded on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. There were 10 more Apollo astronauts that walked on the moon, culminating with Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt of Apollo 17 on Dec. 11, 1972.

In 2006, the agency admitted it inadvertently destroyed the original tape recordings of Apollo 11; however, it subsequently found copies at CBS Television and the Johnson Space Center.

The computer that controlled and guided the Apollo spacecraft on the moon missions had only 64 kilobytes of memory and operated at 0.043 megahertz, which means that most of today's kitchen appliances are more powerful.

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