The NASA Broom Challenge Could be the Best Internet Challenge Ever | 22 Words

Aviation and the studies of out outer-space have come in leaps and bounds over the last few decades.

It's safe to say that the people at NASA are most certainly the people who know what they're talking about when it comes to all things outer space.

And now, a NASA internet challenge has gone completely viral and the whole world has been left shook.

Keep scrolling to find out more...

What there is beyond our planet is a mystery...

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But because of the developments in astronomy over the last few decades, a lot has been discovered about our solar system and what there is outside of Planet Earth.

The first-ever astronaut was sent into space in 1961.

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Soviet Air Forces pilot Yuri Gargarin was the first human to journey into space after completing one orbit of Earth in his capsule Vostok 1.

Yuri became a national hero...

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But 7 years later, Yuri and his flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin were piloting a plane when it crashed in bad weather and killed them both - he was only thirty-four-years-old. Yuri's legacy still lives on to this day - his ashes were interred into the Kremlin wall that is ritually visited by space flight crews prior to their departure for Baikonur.

More and more astronauts began venturing further into space...

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Following Yuri's footsteps, 7 American astronauts completed the Mercury Project in which John Glenn was officially the first American to orbit Earth.

NASA is the go-to space organization...

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Founded in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

The people at NASA created the International Space Station...

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The space station (ISS) is an outer-space office for astronauts all around the world to use for science and research on behalf of NASA.

NASA orchestrates "spacewalks" every year...

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Any time an astronaut gets out of a vehicle while in space, it is called a spacewalk. A spacewalk is also called an EVA, which stands for extravehicular activity.

The first spacewalk was orchestrated in 1965.

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The first-ever person to go on a spacewalk was Alexei Leonov, who was from Russia. The first spacewalk was on March 18, 1965, and it was 10 minutes long. Whilst the first American to go on a spacewalk was Ed White. His spacewalk was on June 3, 1965, during the Gemini 4 mission which lasted twenty-three-minutes.

But NASA isn't just about sending astronauts into space...

They conduct all kinds of different research on everything to do with our planet and outer space.

They have heavily studied the Earth's rotation for years now...

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And yesterday, a NASA challenge went viral online and it was completely blowing people's minds.

It's called the NASA Broom Challenge...

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And apparently, the aeronautical experts claimed that on Monday, the Earth's rotation would be in "perfect balance" - known as a spring equinox.

And what does this mean...?

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It apparently means that a broom would be able to stand balanced by itself in the middle of a room.

Of course, the internet decided to try it...

And the results are mind-boggling.

People have been left baffled by the balanced brooms...

And we must say, it is pretty remarkable to see the lone brooms standing alone!

Now we totally agree with this one...

But a lot of people have been questioning the bizarre challenge, claiming the videos are "set up and fake."

And it turns out...

That NASA didn't authorize this information, at all.

The spring equinox isn't due until the 19th of March...

So we are quite unclear as to why the story went viral on the 10th of February.

And the sad news is...

An astrophysics expert confirmed that this challenge is, indeed, a hoax.

The director of the UNESP Astrophysics Institute, Rodolfo Langhi, has shed some light on the challenge...

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In an interview with Portal R7, published by Time 24 News, he said that there is no physical relationship with the fact that the brooms are standing. "It depends on the base of the object, the heavier and wider it is, the greater the chances of standing," he explained, "The same brooms that appear in the photos can be balanced at any time of the year."

Meteorologist Betsy Kling supported Langhi’s statements...

"It’s just balance," Kling said, "People think it’s special because at what other point in your life would you stop and try to balance a broom."

So just to clear things up...

The Broom Challenge is nothing other than a hoax. Keep scrolling to check out Jason Statham and Conor McGregor trying out the viral Bottle Cap challenge...