Space shuttles, satellites, space programs, moon-landings, space missions and so on! And the name that comes to mind? NASA! National Aeronautical Space Association, the name’s enough to give one a technological inferiority complex! Now NASA has big space budgets, out of the world machines, complicated designs and classified information.
But, NASA has helped us in our day to day life too. Yes, you read it right. NASA has made products that we use every day. Space programs to household utensils from NASA, who would have thought?
- Artificial Limbs
The artificial limb is the most inspiring invention that NASA has ever created! The advancement of this has taken place in the NASA space robotic and extravehicular activities. And they thought that this invention of theirs would do wonders in the medical field and would have led to improved solutions for both animals and human prosthesis.
- Smoke Detectors
Okay, so NASA didn’t really invent the first smoke detector, but in the 1970s they did develop a newer version in the collaboration of Honeywell Corporation. NASA wanted to let astronauts know whether it is a fire or just a gas on their International Space Station. Thanks to them now every house and office has this safety equipment.
- Scratch Resistant Lens
NASA scientists, working on a plastic for space helmets,ended up creating just what was needed to fix the problem. Plastic instead of glass! Plastic is cheaper to use than glass, it’s lighter and not prone to shattering. So now you know whom to thank for those pretty eyes!
- Shoe Insoles
The space suit designed for the Apollo mission included specially made boots that put a spring in astronaut's steps. And shoe companies have taken this technology and adopted it to construct better shoes that lessen the impact on your feet and legs while running and walking. From space to the streets, it was NASA’s invention that helped us rock the walk with fashion and comfort!
- Water Filters
Water filter technology has actually been around since the 1950s, but NASA needed to know how to clean water and to keep it clean for extended periods of time. The reason being that astronauts required a way to cleanse the water they took with them to space. And now companies have borrowed NASA’s water filter invention over the years, bringing us the various water filter systems we use in our homes every day.
- Improved Radial Tires
Along with Goodyear, NASA developed a fibrous material for tires that is 5 times more durable than steel. They also used this material as a parachute garment for the soft landing of their Mars Rover Mission on Mars. And then, Goodyear thought this would suit best for car tires too!
- Memory Foam
NASA originally developed memory foam to lessen impact during landings, but the material is now used commercially in a variety of ways. Most know memory foam as the material used to make mattresses and pillows more comfortable. NASA does care about mankind’s luxury, be it in space or in sleep!
- Invisible Braces
Invisible braces were developed in conjunction with the NASA Advanced Ceramics Research center, to protect the instruments on heat-seeking missile detectors. Talk about a killer smile.
- Portable Cordless Vacuum
When you’re cleaning around your house with the handheld vacuum, you are using the very technology that astronauts used on the moon. During the Apollo space mission, NASA required a portable, self-contained drill that was able to cut core samples from below the surface. Black and Decker had already invented the very first battery powered tools in 1961, but it was NASA-related research that helped advance the technology that led to light handheld vacuum cleaners. Thank you NASA, for helping us keep our house clean!
We really need to thank NASA for all these day to day items!
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