7 NASA Inventions That Changed The World

September 13, 2023

By Sonakshi Kandhari

Artificial Limbs

The materials previously used to create artificial limbs offered no room for flexibility. Eventually, the artificial muscles designed for space endeavours inspired improved artificial human limbs, making life easier for amputees.

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Memory Foam

Thank NASA while dismally waking up from a soft cushiony mattress!  In 1966, NASA invented the rubber foam that makes the mattresses soft to counteract the shocking effect of rocket seats.

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Scratch-Resistant Lens

Sporting one pair of sunglasses after the other? Or experimenting with a new pair of glasses? Foster Grant is responsible for the creation of scratch-resistant astronaut helmets and most of the eyewear that is in use today.

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Firefighter's Gear

Polymer textiles, which were originally designed to protect astronauts from extreme temperatures, are now used in firefighter clothing due to their flame-retardant qualities.

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Ear Thermometer

While it came in handy for astronauts to assess the temperature of the stars, this technology also helps measure body temperature. Not just that, it also helps in detecting the energy radiated by the eardrum.

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CT Scans

After the Apollo lunar landing programme, NASA created CT scan technology that enables  computers to process photos of the moon. The same technology is now used by medical professionals for MRI’s and tomographs to get images of the human body for diagnosis.

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Camera Phones

Do you love taking selfies? Camera phones and DSR cameras were inspired by an imaging system that was developed by NASA in the 1990s to take high-quality photos in space.

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