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10 Everyday Objects Created by NASA

You may not realize just how big a role space exploration has played in your life. Many of the day-to-day technologies you use were developed by NASA. Here is a list of the top ten coolest things NASA has helped invent!

  1. Dust Busters: During the Apollo missions, astronauts needed a way to collect core samples of the lunar surface using a drill. The computer program for the drill’s motor led to the development of the Dust Buster!
  2. Computer Mouse: Created by a NASA researcher in the 1960s, the computer mouse was made to make computers more interactive.
  3. Memory Foam: This squishy foam was originally intended to improve crash protection on airplanes and was later used in the space shuttle.
  4. Cell phone cameras: NASA created a small but powerful camera that could be used on spacecraft, and this technology is integrated in many cell phones today.
  5. Artificial limbs: NASA’s advancements in robotics and shock-absorption materials have enabled companies to create better prosthesis.
  6. Water filters: NASA’s water filters on the International Space Station are turning waste and sweat into drinkable water. This technology is now also used to kill bacteria in recreational pools.
  7. Solar panels: NASA spacecraft use solar panels to convert solar energy to electricity.
  8. LED lights: The lights were first used in the space shuttle to facilitate plant growth.
  9. Athletic shoes:  These shoes were developed as part of the astronaut’s suits.
  10. Invisible braces: The material “transparent polycrystalline alumina” (TPA) found in invisible braces was first used by NASA for missile tracking!
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Check out these links for more information (it’s where we got ours!)

https://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2008/tech_benefits.html

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographics/infographic.view.php?id=11358

https://www.businessinsider.com/everyday-items-developed-by-nasa-2012-8

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/k-4/features/F_Bite_Out_of_Discomfort.html

Originally Posted: https://backtospaceambassadors.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/10-everyday-objects-created-by-nasa/

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