Emerging Technology

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Everyday Technology resulting from the Space Program

Although most people today will never set foot on the moon, we all come in contact with NASA by-products. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to use many of these so-called "spinoffs" and we take many of these inventions for granted. Partnering with various research teams and companies, NASA continues to spawn a vast array of new technologies and products that improve our daily lives. In fact, NASA has filed more than 6,300 patents with the U.S. government relating to various industries including health, safety, communications and even casual entertainment.


Benefits of Technology on Society

Here are some of NASA's inventions:

Invisible Braces

Invisible braces

Oil Eating Bacteria

Oil Eating Bacteria

Infrared Thermometer

Infrared Thermometer

Memory foam

Memory foam

CAT Scanner

CAT Scanner

Ear thermometers

Ear thermometers

A few examples of Space Technology on Earth

  • Long range weather forecasting
  • Weather satellite storm prediction
  • Climate-change prediction
  • Satellite navigation and communication
  • Advanced materials for airplanes
  • International television broadcasts
  • Solar power electricity generation
  • Ultrasound scanner
  • Laser surgery
  • Energy saving air conditioning
  • Instant infrared thermometer
  • CAT scan
  • Flat panel television
  • Robot guided wheelchair
  • High density battery
  • Powerful microcomputers
  • Long distance telephone networks
  • Wireless alarm
  • Food processing control
  • Water purification systems
  • Environmentally safe sewage treatment
  • Programmable pacemaker
  • Car phone
  • Automatic insulin pump
  • Radiation blocking sunglasses
  • Dry film machinery lubricants
  • Car chassis and brake design
  • Protective clothing
  • Firefighter breathing apparatus
  • Heart monitor
  • Shock absorbing athletic shoes
  • Thin super-insulating blanket
  • Satellite imagery for crop management and resource mapping
  • Research on cures for Osteoporosis, Diabetes, AIDS, etc.
  • Advanced structural design of bridges, buildings, trains, shops, turbines, etc.


Social Effects

The moon is actually moving away from Earth at a rate of 1.5 inches per year.