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04-17-2012, 03:21 PM
TV Satellite Dish

NASA developed ways to correct errors in the signals coming from the spacecraft. This technology is used to reduce noise (that is, messed up picture or sound) in TV signals coming from satellites.

Medical Imaging

NASA developed ways to process signals from spacecraft to produce clearer images. (See more on digital information and how spacecraft send images from space.) This technology also makes possible these photo-like images of our insides.

Vision Screening System

Uses techniques developed for processing space pictures to examine eyes of children and find out quickly if they have any vision problems. The child doesn't have to say a word!

Ear Thermometer

Instead of measuring temperature using a column of mercury (which expands as it heats up), this thermometer has a lens like a camera and detects infrared energy, which we feel as heat. The warmer something is (like your body), the more infrared energy it puts out. This technology was originally developed to detect the birth of stars.

Fire Fighter Equipment

Fire fighters wear suits made of fire resistant fabric developed for use in space suits.

Smoke Detector

First used in the Earth orbiting space station called Skylab (launched back in 1973) to help detect any toxic vapors. Now used in most homes and other buildings to warn people of fire.

Sun Tiger Glasses

From research done on materials to protect the eyes of welders working on spacecraft, protective lenses were developed that block almost all the wavelengths of radiation that might harm the eyes, while letting through all the useful wavelengths that let us see.

Automobile Design Tools

A computer program developed by NASA to analyze a spacecraft or airplane design and predict how parts will perform is now used to help design automobiles. This kind of software can save car makers a lot of money by letting them see how well a design will work even before they build a prototype.

Cordless Tools

Portable, self-contained power tools were originally developed to help Apollo astronauts drill for moon samples. This technology has lead to development of such tools as the cordless vacuum cleaner, power drill, shrub trimmers, and grass shears.

Aerodynamic Bicycle Wheel

A special bike wheel uses NASA research in airfoils (wings) and design software developed for the space program. The three spokes on the wheel act like wings, making the bicycle very efficient for racing.

Thermal Gloves and Boots

These gloves and boots have heating elements that run on rechargeable batteries worn on the inside wrist of the gloves or embedded in the sole of the ski boot. This technology was adapted from a spacesuit design for the Apollo astronauts.

Space Pens

The Fisher Space Pen was developed for use in space. Most pens depend on gravity to make the ink flow into the ball point. For this space pen, the ink cartridge contains pressured gas to push the ink toward the ball point. That means, you can lie in bed and write upside down with this pen! Also, it uses a special ink that works in very hot and very cold environments.

Shock Absorbing Helmets

These special football helmets use a padding of Temper Foam, a shock absorbing material first developed for use in aircraft seats. These helmets have three times the shock absorbing ability of previous types.

Ski Boots

These ski boots use accordion-like folds, similar to the design of space suits, to allow the boot to flex without distortion, yet still give support and control for precision skiing.

Failsafe Flashlight

This flashlight uses NASA's concept of system redundancy, which is always having a backup for the parts of the spacecraft with the most important jobs. This flashlight has an extra-bright primary bulb and an independent backup system that has its own separate lithium battery (also a NASA developed technology) and its own bulb.

Invisible Braces

These teeth-straightening braces use brackets that are made of a nearly invisible translucent (almost see-through) ceramic material. This material is a spinoff of NASA's advanced ceramic research to develop new, tough materials for spacecraft and aircraft.

Edible Toothpaste

This is a special foamless toothpaste developed for the astronauts to use in space (where spitting is not a very good idea!) Although this would be a great first toothpaste for small children, it is no longer available.

Joystick Controllers

Joystick controllers are used for lots of things now, including computer games and vehicles for people with disabilities. These devices evolved from research to develop a controller for the Apollo Lunar Rover, and from other NASA research into how humans actually operate (called "human factors").

Advanced Plastics

Spacecraft and other electronics need very special, low-cost materials as the base for printed circuits (like those inside your computer). Some of these "liquid crystal polymers" have turned out to be very good, low-cost materials for making containers for foods and beverages.

noonwitch
04-17-2012, 03:42 PM
And most of us just think of Tang and moon rocks.


All of those inventions are great, but just think of all the lives save by two of them: smoke alarms and medical imaging technology.


Also, the fire-safety clothing and hard top helmets have made NASCAR a lot safer.

RobJohnson
04-17-2012, 06:13 PM
And most of us just think of Tang and moon rocks.


All of those inventions are great, but just think of all the lives save by two of them: smoke alarms and medical imaging technology.


Also, the fire-safety clothing and hard top helmets have made NASCAR a lot safer.


NASCAR? People care about that Hillbilly crap? :rotfl:

I do like the fact that a fire fighter can rescue a baby from a burning building with a higher chance of survial.

Rockntractor
04-17-2012, 06:16 PM
Boobs look better in zero gravity!

Articulate_Ape
04-17-2012, 06:54 PM
And most of us just think of Tang and moon rocks.

Of the two, I bet the moon rocks taste better.

Rockntractor
04-17-2012, 07:05 PM
Of the two, I bet the moon rocks taste better.

Tang is tolerable mixed half and half with iced tea.
Have you ever tried sugared ginger?

Articulate_Ape
04-17-2012, 07:13 PM
Have you ever tried sugared ginger?

Yes, and the pubic hair I found on it was the best part.

Rockntractor
04-17-2012, 07:16 PM
Yes, and the pubic hair I found on it was the best part.

It makes you curious how good a fresh unsugared root would taste doesn't it?

Articulate_Ape
04-17-2012, 07:19 PM
It makes you curious how good a fresh unsugared root would taste doesn't it?

You could try eating a Portuguese Man o' War and probably get a good idea.

Articulate_Ape
04-17-2012, 07:20 PM
Or a hobo's sock.

Rockntractor
04-17-2012, 07:26 PM
Or a hobo's sock.

You don't deviate much from banana do you?http://planetsmilies.net/confused-smiley-17418.gif (http://planetsmilies.net)

Articulate_Ape
04-17-2012, 08:17 PM
You don't deviate much from banana do you?http://planetsmilies.net/confused-smiley-17418.gif (http://planetsmilies.net)

You don't know much about apes, do you, truffle trowel?

Rockntractor
04-17-2012, 08:37 PM
You don't know much about apes, do you, truffle trowel?

i know you don't shake hands with one without a rubber glove!http://www.smiley-lol.com/smiley/humour-blague/moqueur/se-moque.gif

Articulate_Ape
04-17-2012, 09:21 PM
i know you don't shake hands with one without a rubber glove!http://www.smiley-lol.com/smiley/humour-blague/moqueur/se-moque.gif

A three-fingered glove in your case, brine bait.

Rockntractor
04-17-2012, 09:30 PM
A three-fingered glove in your case, brine bait.

It took you long enough, did you nod off again you old fart?http://gfxlovers.com/smilies/imgs/aloof-and-bored/aloof-and-bored002.gif (http://gfxlovers.com/smilies)

Zeus
04-17-2012, 09:58 PM
Enriched Baby Food

Commercially available infant formulas now contain a nutritional enrichment ingredient that traces its existence to NASA-sponsored research that explored the potential of algae as a recycling agent for long-duration space travel. The substance, formulated into the products life’sDHA and life’sARA, can be found in over 90 percent of the infant formulas sold in the United States, and are added to the infant formulas sold in over 65 additional countries. The products were developed and are manufactured by Martek Biosciences Corporation, which has pioneered the commercial development of products based on microalgae; the company’s founders and principal scientists acquired their expertise in this area while working on the NASA program.

Better Software

From real-time weather visualization and forecasting, high-resolution 3-D maps of the Moon and Mars, to real-time tracking of the International Space Station and the space shuttle, NASA is collaborating with Google Inc. to solve a variety of challenging technical problems ranging from large-scale data management and massively distributed computing, to human-computer interfaces—with the ultimate goal of making the vast, scattered ocean of data more accessible and usable. With companies like InterSense, NASA continues to fund and collaborate on other software advancement initiatives benefiting such areas as photo/video image enhancement, virtual-reality/design, simulation training, and medical applications.

Refrigerated Internet-Connected Wall Ovens

Embedded Web Technology (EWT) software—originally developed by NASA for use by astronauts operating experiments on available laptops from anywhere on the International Space Station—lets a user monitor and/or control a device remotely over the Internet. NASA supplied this technology and guidance to TMIO LLC, who went on to develop a low-cost, real-time remote control and monitoring of a new intelligent oven product named “ConnectIo.” With combined cooling and heating capabilities, ConnectIo provides the convenience of being able to store cold food where it will remain properly refrigerated until a customized pre-programmable cooking cycle begins. The menu allows the user to simply enter the dinner time, and the oven automatically switches from refrigeration to the cooking cycle, so that the meal will be ready as the family arrives home for dinner.

Odysseus
04-17-2012, 10:49 PM
Tang is tolerable mixed half and half with iced tea.
Have you ever tried sugared ginger?

I probably would have gone for a Mary Anne with a side of Ginger.

http://img002.lazygirls.info/people/tina_louise/tina_louise_ginger_acld4c7.sized.jpg

Rockntractor
04-17-2012, 11:02 PM
I probably would have gone for a Mary Anne with a side of Ginger.

http://img002.lazygirls.info/people/tina_louise/tina_louise_ginger_acld4c7.sized.jpg

By the looks of that who would need enriched baby food!

noonwitch
04-18-2012, 08:44 AM
Tang is tolerable mixed half and half with iced tea.
Have you ever tried sugared ginger?


It's even better mixed half and half with 100 proof Southern Comfort-you don't even taste the Tang.

Rockntractor
04-18-2012, 09:46 AM
It's even better mixed half and half with 100 proof Southern Comfort-you don't even taste the Tang.

You would also be in space!http://www.picgifs.com/smileys/smileys-and-emoticons/scare/smileys-scare-527655.gif (http://www.picgifs.com/smileys/)

Odysseus
04-18-2012, 10:11 AM
You would also be in space!http://www.picgifs.com/smileys/smileys-and-emoticons/scare/smileys-scare-527655.gif (http://www.picgifs.com/smileys/)

Do you get drunk faster at zero Gees?

Rockntractor
04-18-2012, 11:46 AM
Do you get drunk faster at zero Gees?

http://www.smiley-lol.com/smiley/expressifs/vil2_plafond.gifYou would probably have less bruises when you woke up but if you got sick....http://planetsmilies.net/shocked-smiley-9456.gif (http://planetsmilies.net)

NJCardFan
04-18-2012, 01:22 PM
NASCAR? People care about that Hillbilly crap? :rotfl:

I do like the fact that a fire fighter can rescue a baby from a burning building with a higher chance of survial.

The fact that ESPN and ABC carry races, I'd say yes.

NJCardFan
04-18-2012, 01:27 PM
This ties in with a funny fact. We all know how much the left hates the military. We all know how much the left loves their cell phones. However, the left doesn't know that cell phone technology began in the military:
http://www.museumoftechnology.org.uk/nimages/A0157_tn.jpg
http://www.colourbox.com/preview/3104045-321332-vintage-soviet-army-radio-station-isolated-on-a-white-background.jpg

Many things we enjoy now originated in either NASA or the military.

Artois
04-19-2012, 02:28 PM
Many things we enjoy now originated in either NASA or the military.

:livid: Are you supporting socialist ideas, like government sponsoring of science, research, and development! Communist!!!!! JK