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Kirk vs. Spock: NASA Trivia Time!

Star Trek has inspired generations of NASA employees to boldly go exploring strange new worlds and develop the technologies for making science fiction become science reality. We recently caught up with Star Trek Beyond actors Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) and quizzed them on some NASA trivia. Before you take a look at their answers (video at bottom of post), take a stab at answering them yourself! See how well you do: 


1. What does the first “A” in NASA stand for? 
A) Adventure
B) Aeronautics

2. On July 4 this year, we sent a spacecraft into orbit around what planet?
B) Pluto

3. What do scientists call a planet that orbits a star outside our solar system?
B) Nebula

4. Although it never flew in space, what was the name of the first space shuttle?
B) Enterprise

5. What is a light-year a measurement of?
B) Distance

6. When looking for habitable worlds around other stars, we want to find planets that are what?
Goldilocks zone planets
B) Class M Planets

7. Olympus Mons is the largest known volcano in our solar system. What planet is it on?
A) Mars
B) Earth

8. Which NASA satellite made an appearance in Star Trek the Motion Picture?
B) Galileo

9. Who was the first American woman in space?
Sally Ride
B) Janice Lester

10. While developing life support for Mars missions, what NASA Spinoff was developed?
Enriched baby food
B) Anti-gravity boots

11. What technology makes replication of spare parts a reality on the International Space Station?
Closed-Loop System
B) 3-D Printer

12. What two companies are contracted by NASA to carry astronauts to and from the space station?
Boeing and SpaceX
B) Amazon and Virgin Galactic

1:B, 2:A, 3:A, 4:B, 5:B, 6:A, 7:A, 8:A, 9:A, 10:A, 11:B, 12:A

Now that you’ve tested your own space knowledge, find out how Zachary and Chris did at NASA Trivia: 

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Kirk vs. Spock: NASA Trivia Time!

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