Native American elder has a message for other planets
When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, some of the training of the astronauts took place on a Navajo reservation.
One day, a Navajo elder and his son were herding sheep and came across the space crew. The old man, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question that his son translated. "What are these guys in the big suits doing?"
A member of the crew said they were practicing for their trip to the moon. The old man got all excited and asked if he could send a message to the moon with the astronauts. Recognizing a promotional opportunity, the NASA folks found a tape recorder.
After the old man recorded his message, they asked his son to translate it. He refused. The NASA PR people brought the tape to the reservation, where the rest of the tribe listened and laughed, but declined to translate the elder's message.
Finally, the NASA crew called in an official government translator. His translation of the old man's message was: "Watch out for these guys; they have come to steal your land."
And this joke: "When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity."
"To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 C. The Russians used a pencil."
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And this one:
"A blond, a brunette, and a redhead are interviewing for a new NASA experiment on sending women to different planets."
"First, the panel of scientists asks the brunette, 'If you could go to any planet, what planet would you choose and why?'"
"She answers promptly, 'I would go to Mars because it seems so interesting with all the recent news about possible extraterrestrial life on the planet.'"
"Next, the panel asks the redhead the same question. Without any hesitation, she replies, 'I'd like to go to Saturn to see all of its rings.'"
"Finally, the NASA scientists ask the blonde the same question they asked the brunette and the redhead. After pondering for several minutes, she finally answers, 'I would go to the sun.'"
"Several scientists suppress a laugh, but the lead interviewer, trying to take the blonde seriously, explains, 'Well, if you went to the sun, you'd burn to death almost instantaneously.'"
"The blond smirks and puts her hands on her hips. 'Don't be stupid! I'd go at night!'"