19 Things NASA discovered that have changed your life

There’s way more than 19, I assure you. But here’s an interesting highlights reel:

1. Insoles. In order for astronauts to walk on the moon, NASA invented a polyurethane foam fabric that allowed for ventilation to enter into the astronauts boot while also giving the men a little spring in their steps.

2. Cordless Power Tools. Thank you, NASA, for inventing these incredibly useful and convenient tools. They needed them so that astronauts could pick up samples from space in order to bring them back to Earth for study. Battery-operated tools proved to be useful and less cumbersome for astronauts to bring with them on their missions.

3. Firefighting Equipment. The aluminum composite material developed by NASA for rocket casings has proven useful in the creation of a breathing apparatus that works to fight smoke inhalation.

4. LEDs. Light-emitting diodes were developed for NASA’s space shuttles, and are now used to make power and electricity more efficient.

5. Enriched Baby Food. NASA discovered a microalgae that provides nutritional value in some of today’s baby food brands.

6. Water Filters. In order to keep the water they bring to space clean, astronauts needed a little help from the NASA R&D department. The scientists there created a filter that is activated with charcoal and contains ions to neutralize pathogens present in the water. Sound familiar?

7. Smoke Detector. In order to protect NASA’s Skylab, scientists invented an adjustable detector that would tell astronauts if the space station was on fire or contained noxious chemicals.

8. Ear Thermometers. Thermometers themselves have been around for ages, but NASA used the same technology it uses to measure the temperature of stars (infrared technology) in order to measure the body temperature of people through the ear canal.

9. Memory Foam. NASA invented an open cell polyurethane-silicon plastic for the seats inside their spacecrafts in order to reduce the impact of landing. Since then, it has been used to create memory foam mattresses that are used in homes all around the world.

10. Scratch-resistant Lenses. In order to protect the equipment from dirt and other debris, NASA invented a special coating. Now, the coating is used on sunglasses and other eye wear.

11. Solar Energy. In order to fly a remotely piloted aircraft, NASA invented one that ran on solar energy.

12. Artificial Limbs. Whilst creating space robotic and extravehicular activities, NASA stumbled upon the technology to create artificial muscle systems.

13. Invisible Braces. The plastic used in invisible braces is called polychrystalline alumina, and it was created to protect the infrared antenna of heat-seeking missile trackers.

14. Freeze Drying. In order to make food more convenient for transport during the Apollo space missions, NASA along with Nestle came up with freeze drying food. It is a process of dehydration and freezing that changes the frozen water directly from a solid to a gas without having to become a liquid.

15. Remote Controlled Ovens. This technology was invented for scientists performing experiments in the Space Station that allowed them to control their ovens remotely using the Internet.

16. Improved Radial Tires. NASA worked with Goodyear and Rubber company in order to create a substance that was five times more durable than steel in order to safely land a spacecraft on the surface of Mars. Goodyear used the material to create a tire with a ten thousand mile life expectancy.

17. Video Enhancing and Analysis Systems. VISAR (Video Image Stabilization and Registration) was invented by NASA in order to assist FBI investigators using video analysis. It offers enhancement capabilities and frame-by-frame actions in order to assist investigators.

18. LZR Racer Suit. This high-tech swim suit was invented using a fabric consisting of woven elastane-nylon and polyurethane. It makes the wearer more aerodynamic.

19. Structural Analysis Software. This software is widely used in the creation of different structures from buildings to cars and more. Software engineers at NASA developed it in order to design structures used in space missions.

…still think NASA hasn’t done anything useful for you?

(Source: sciencerecorder.com)

An employee of the Russian Space Training Center hangs out to dry the space suits of Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, NASA’s U.S. flight engineer Kathleen Rubins, and Japanese space agency’s flight engineer Takuya Onishi, after training for a future mission to the International Space Station in Noginsk, Russia, on July 2, 2014. The training was intended to simulate a capsule landing in water.

An employee of the Russian Space Training Center hangs out to dry the space suits of Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, NASA’s U.S. flight engineer Kathleen Rubins, and Japanese space agency’s flight engineer Takuya Onishi, after training for a future mission to the International Space Station in Noginsk, Russia, on July 2, 2014. The training was intended to simulate a capsule landing in water.

(Source: nbcnews.com)

President Obama met with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, along with Carol Armstrong NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today.
7/21/2014
Image Credit: NASA

President Obama met with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, along with Carol Armstrong NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today.

7/21/2014

Image Credit: NASA

My boy Neil deGrasse Tyson, on the birth of NASA, Apollo 11, and where we should have gone after.

"That step on the moon was meant to be a precursor to humanity’s leap further into the solar system."

— NASA Director Charles Bolden

(Source: janeway62, via scienceandscifi)

He’s got brains! He’s got moves! He’s got bow ties!
What else has he got? The will to stand fast for science!
Check out just a few of the amazing times he’s thrown down on behalf of critical thinking…

He’s got brains! He’s got moves! He’s got bow ties!

What else has he got? The will to stand fast for science!

Check out just a few of the amazing times he’s thrown down on behalf of critical thinking…