NASA recently discovered a new solar system, TRAPPIST-1. With current rocket technology, it would take around 11,250 years to arrive at this cluster of Earth-like planets. With our childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut well and truly scuppered by a timeline like that, we wondered how else we could achieve the dizzying heights of space. Turns out, we’re all a lot closer to being astronauts than we think!
Whilst lying in bed or hoovering the house might seem as far away from space exploration as, well, the moon is from Earth, the truth might surprise you. Whilst NASA’s technicians are mainly responsible for the development of high-tech space gadgets, there are actually tonnes of NASA inventions that we use regularly in our day to day life.
In fact, in 2016 NASA made 56 of it’s hundreds of thousands of patents available for commercial use. These patents were developed to advance NASA missions, but they may also have non-aerospace applications. NASA’s patent portfolio, managed by the agency’s Technology Transfer Program, includes more than 1,000 technologies in categories such as manufacturing, electronics, and health, medicine, and biotechnology covering everything from rocket nozzles and thrusters to aircraft wing designs and sensors.
Ready to find out what NASA inventions you use everyday? Well, take a look at our interactive guide to NASA Inventions in Your Home and Life. From the mattresses we sleep on to baby formula, and even our digital cameras; NASA has helped to improve our lives in ways that we never could have imagined.
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