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20 Things We Wouldn't Have Without Space Travel

20 THINGS WE WOULDN'T HAVE WITHOUT SPACE TRAVEL O•0 Camera Phones In the 1990s a team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) worked to create cameras small enough to fit on spacecraft and with scientific quality. 1/3 of all cameras contain this technology. Scratch-Resistant Lenses The Lewis Research Centre attempted to develop diamond-hard coatings for aerospace systems, later creating a technique that was developed and patented for just that purpose. CAT Scans A space program needs a pretty good digital image, the JPL played a lead role in developing this technology, which in turn helped create CAT scanners and radiography. LEDS Red LEDS are being used in space to grow plants and heal humans on Earth. LED technology used by NASA has contributed to the development of medical devices such as WARP 10. Land Mine Removal Thiokol Propulsion uses NASA's surplus rocket fuel to produce a flare that can safely destroy landmines. It works by burning a hole through the mine without detonation. Athletic Shoes Nike Air trainers wouldn't exist if it weren't for suit construction technology developed by NASA. It was a former NASA engineer that first pitched the idea. Foil Blankets These metallic sheets, which are now used on Earth in extreme temperatures, evolved from a lightweight insulator NASA developed to protect spacecraft and people in space. Water Purification Systems In the 1960s, NASA created an electrolytic silver iodizer to purify astronauts' drinking water. This technology is now widely used to kill bacteria in recreational pools. Dust Busters NASA approached Black & Decker to develop a lightweight device to collect samples on the moon. The company then used this technology to create the Dustbuster in 1979. Ear Thermometers NASA and Diatek developed an 8 ounce aural thermometer, which uses infrared 37° C C astronomy technology to measure the amount of energy emitted by the ear drum. Home Insulation Space is a place of extreme temperatures, knowing this NASA developed insulation from aluminised polyester called Radiant Barrier, used today in most home insulations. The Jaws of Life An extrication tool to free people from mangled vehicles, The Jaws of Life applies a miniature version of the explosive charge used to separate devices on the Space Shuttle. Wireless Headsets NASA, being one of the forerunners for advancing communication technology, developed these headsets to allow astronauts to be hands-free without wires. Memory Foam Memory foam mattresses are the result of an incredible foam developed by NASA in the 1970s to help make airline pilots' seats more comfortable. They were later installed in space shuttles. Freeze Dried Food NASA conducted extensive research into space food; one technique they developed was freeze drying, which retains 98% of the nutrients and weighs only 20% of the original weight. Adjustable Smoke Detector While NASA didn't actually invent the first smoke detector, it did come up with a more modern version of the invention, creating the most sophisticated alarm system ever invented. Baby Formula Infant formulas now contain nutritional enrichment ingredient, the origins of which can be traced back to NASA-sponsored research that explored the use of algae for long duration space travel. Artificial Limbs NASA's innovations into shock-absorption materials coupled with robotic and extravehicular activities are being adapted to create more functionally dynamic artificial limbs. Computer Mouse In the 1960s a NASA researcher was trying to make computers more interactive when an idea was suggested about how best to manipulate data on a computer screen, leading to the mouse. Portable Computer The SPOC was created by adapting the GRID Compass, the first portable laptop. In its creation hardware had to be modified and new software developed, which propelled the commercial market. Sources: satellite broadband uk nasa.gov 20MB broadband everywhere er.jsc.nasa.gov www.satellitebroadbanduk.com

20 Things We Wouldn't Have Without Space Travel

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People often wonder why do we spend so much money on space travel, well are numerous reasons but one main reason that the commercial world should care are the thousands of spin off technologies NASA h...

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