If it weren’t for man’s forays into space, we wouldn’t have some of the technology that we use on a daily basis.
Necessity is truly the mother of invention. NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory over the years have developed several technologies that have simplified our everyday lives.
Here are just a few examples:
Back in the early 1990’s JPL was designing camera technology small enough to be integrated into space craft with enough definition to be scientifically useful. Those designs have been refined over time and now we have multi mega pixel cameras available at a second’s notice!
JPL had a hand in designing this technology as well because a space program needs good digital imaging. Now that technology has been adapted for medical use giving doctors unprecedented imagery to help diagnosis and prolonging life!
Red LEDs are being used in space to grow plants, here on Earth they are now used to make everything from efficient lighting for buildings to making television sets and even breakthrough medical devices.
These lightweight and super-efficient blankets are used for extreme weather conditions here on Earth (just ask those kids that were trapped in that cave right?). The material was developed as an insulator to protect spacecraft and the people in it.
NASA asked the Black and Decker company back in the 1960’s to develop this miniature vacuum to collect samples of the Lunar surface. The device made it into homes by 1979.
So, thanks to NASA’s ingenuity, we have these, and many other examples of technology derived from our attempts to reach the stars!