For decades many countries have invested money, talent and energy in the space race. While these space programs have opened new frontiers in space technology have also produced benefits on Earth. These benefits have improved many sectors of society. NASA, the space program of the United States, has cataloged how technology has made life better for all.

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Technology at Home

In most households, especially new ones, is the technology developed by or for the space program. In the 1970s, Honeywell developed a smoke and fire detector for Skylab. This invention is now required by law to be installed in all new homes. Cordless power tools Black and Decker were developed for the NASA Apollo program. Black and Decker currently sell about 400 million dollars in cordless power tools every year.NASA was also a leader in the development of the technology used for satellite television. The company that developed an aluminum heat shield for NASA’s Apollo program now makes this technology available as an insulation system for houses.

Technology for the scientific community

NASA has been at the forefront in research on virtual reality, in large part, so that scientists can perform tasks at home virtually off the planet. His research combines sound with three-dimensional graphics. They began research in the mid-1980s and continue working on it. The Propulsion Laboratory NASA’s Jet greatly contributed to the research and application of laser technology practice. The lab uses lasers for communication and shared that technology with commercial organizations. Since the mid 1960s, the space program NASA has contributed to global communication efforts. The program has led the way in satellite technology in areas such as geostationary satellite stabilization, the use of digital equipment, the creation of high-power transmitters SolidState and exploration of advanced materials for building satellites.

Technology for the medical community

Medical technology has been one of the main beneficiaries of NASA space exploration. Contributions have included laser heart surgery, assistance in finding cures for cancer, images of the body, prosthetic limbs, infrared thermometers, light emitting diodes, compounds forceps size transmitters a pill, chromosome analysis, and digital mammography cameras on chips that can be used during surgery.

Technology for Agricultural Science

Space technology not only puts humans off the planet, but also helps them return home to the farm. Many of the technologies required for spacecraft or to feed astronauts have had applications on farms. Hydroponics is an important technology that has its roots in space exploration. NASA needs miniature heat pumps to help keep fresh satellites. These pumps are used for a robotic mother pig fed piglets would otherwise triturarĂ­an to death or may be rejected by a mother sow. The Landsat satellite, first launched in 1972, helps to catch fish and the management of the potato crop by transmitting data on changes in the surface of the Earth. NASA has also worked with university researchers to help develop more accurate spray nozzles, which is the technique that is commonly used for crop dusters.

Technology for commercial aircraft

Not surprisingly, most of the research for the aliens travels to be used for commercial air transport. Three major technologies that benefit passengers are protection against lightning, wind shear prediction and avoid collisions.

Technology for athletics

The next time you go to the court during a game, you can send a silent thanks to NASA, which has contributed to sports technology. The stadium roofs fiberglass are made from materials originally designed for NASA space suits. More recently, the space shuttle external tank has helped some players improve their golf game. The tank contains liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. This combination is used in the center of golf balls. When slosh around too much, that makes the ball travel in an unpredictable manner. Wilson Sporting Goods hired engineers from NASA to help design your new golf ball with a stable center.