In 2014, the supermassive black hole known as Markarian 335 was observed mysteriously ejecting an object into space. Located near the constellation of Pegasus, some 324 million light-years from Earth, the black hole is one of the heaviest and quickest spinning ever observed – a true colossus that turns so fast that it pulls space and time in with it.
The phenomenon was observed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA – the U.S. government agency responsible for the study of galactic events. NASA was founded by President Dwight. D. Eisenhower in 1958, less than a year after the Soviet Union had successfully launched Sputnik 1, the world’s first satellite, and placed it in orbit around the Earth.
Nevertheless, with the starting gun for the Space Race having been fired, it would be the Soviet Union which would bolster its lead with another major scientific milestone in 1961. On April 12 of that year, Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. America’s new leader, President Kennedy, subsequently announced that NASA would go further and put a man on the moon before the decade was over. Of course, the agency ultimately accomplished its goal, and Neil Armstrong famously won the race for the U.S. by being the first human to step on the lunar surface.