The NERF Super Soaker was invented by a NASA Engineer.

 

Nerf Super Soaker
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Specifically, it was invented by Lonnie Johnson, who worked in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Like many other inventions, it was an accident – he was trying to make a heat pump but ended up discovering a special nozzle that could shoot water with amazing force.

 

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