25 Everyday Things That Came To Us From NASA! Some Of These Might Shock You!
What or where would we be without the inventions NASA has brought to the table?? Their research and development team can be credited to the progress of technology in inventions that the world has benefited from. All our basic requirements have been made more convenient and improved because of them. From water filters, to lenses, to remote control ovens, to shoes, to solar heaters, all have been discovered by NASA. If you though they dealt with stuff only related to space and launching rockets then you were wrong.
1. Long-Distance Telecommunications
Around 200 satellites which NASA has built orbits the earth making it possible for us to communicate with anyone across the world, it also helps in spying and research and development.
2. Invisible Braces
These contain translucent polycrystalline alumina which was created by NASA Advanced Ceramics Research in collaboration with a company called Ceradyne. Now you don’t have to be bullied for looking like you have barb wire in your mouth.
3. Scratch-Resistant Lenses
Plastic scratch free glasses which absorbs UV rays better than glass. This has a special coating to protect it from dust, usually faced in the space environment.
4. Shoe Insoles
In order to set some spring in their stride for man on the moon, NASA made three-dimensional polyurethane foam fabric in boots. This technique is now used in shoes to increase comfort for daily use eventually protecting it from damage.
5. Smoke Detectors
NASA invented it let astronauts know whether it is a fire or just a gas in the Skylabs, US space station. Thanks to them now every house has the safety which this device provides.
6. Cordless Tools
NASA needed rock and soil samples of the moon when man landed on it. They needed tools that were small yet powerful and most importantly cordless. Together with Black and Decker, they invented the cordless drill, now which benefits all.
7. Artificial Limbs
Thanks to NASA those impaired have the ability to still be mobile with the help of artificial limbs. The advancement on this has taken place in the NASA space robotic and extravehicular activities.
8. Ventricular Assist Device
For those waiting for a heart transplant and cannot get an immediate donor, NASA in collaboration with Dr. Michael DeBakey, Dr. George Noon, and Micro Med Technology invented the heart pump or the Ventricular Assist Device. This assists the heart in pumping blood to the rest of the body.
9. Infrared Ear Thermometers
They use the same technique to check the temperature of the stars. Now NASA uses infrared sensory thermometers to detect the energy coming from the ear, instead of the inaccurate mercury thermometers, to determine the body temperature.
10. Enriched Baby Food
Microalgae which are found in baby food were initially discovered by NASA who used the recyclable agent for extended travel in space.
11. NASA Visualization Explorer
An app created for i pads and i phones, this app delivers real time satellite data from climate changes to movie stills to anything related to the earth’s active system.
12. Improved Radial Tires
Along with Goodyear, NASA developed a fibrous material for tires that is 5 time more durable than steel. They also used this material as a parachute shroud to soft land the Viking Lander spacecraft on Mars.
13. Chemical Detection
They created intelligent optical systems that have sensors for moisture and PH levels. These are used in Aircrafts to detect the corrosive condition of the flight and if there are any chemicals. The sensor changes color on sensing moisture or chemicals which can be used as explosives.
14. LZR Racer Suit
The Ultimate swimming suit, NASA made this of fabric containing woven elastin-nylon and polyurethane. Cut through the water like a fish with this one cutting almost 2% of the time required to complete the race.
15. Light-emitting Diodes
High intensity LED (Light emitting diodes) was invented by NASA for space shuttles. Now with its efficiency greater it is applicable in our daily life.
16. Pollution Remediation
NASA uses microencapsulating technology to separate petroleum pollutants from water, preventing settling and pollution on the ocean beds. The microcapsules are dropped, tiny balls of beeswax with hollow centers, and helps separate petroleum from water thus decreasing damage in the ocean in case of oil spills and so on.
17. Remote Controlled Ovens
NASA developed a software Embedded Web Technology (EWT) which enable astronauts to control any device like a remote control but over the internet. This technology which initially started with them has soon moved to a lazy home setting. Now we can control almost everything over the internet including ovens.
18. Water Filters
They needed advanced filters for the astronauts to drink clean water during their space missions. Their filters contained activated charcoal in which the ions neutralized the pathogens thus giving us filtered water.
19. Memory Foam
Made from The open cell polyurethane-silicon plastic, it was used on their seats to reduce impact while landing. The effort of this is why millions sleep sound at home on their favorite mattress.
20. Solar Energy
The original idea behind this that got the brilliant heads of NASA together was to build an unmanned flight that was powered only by solar. The idea was to use solar panels to reduce the weight of the plane. From there, almost every house uses these solar panels to reduce electricity consumption and pollution.