Friday, July 07, 2006

Worth it?

July 7th, 2006

Worth It? I think so



The question I've heard a lot this week - since the successful launch of the Space Shuttle - is "is all of this worth it?" Many people fail to recognize how much space exploration has benefited everyday lives. I did a search on the NASA website "Spinoff". and I've compiled a list - not a complete list, mind you - of some of the ways that space exploration has contributed to the lives of millions of people. You can go to that website (link above) and do a search to find more info to any of these items, and any other that you can think of. Happy exploration!!


A LEAK MONITOR FOR INDUSTRY
ADVANCED LIGHTPLANE WING
ADVANCED POLYMER
ADVANCED WELDING TOOL
AIDS TO SCHOOL BUS DESIGN
AIR SAMPLING FILTER
AIRBORNE IMAGERY
AIRBORNE REMOTE SENSING
AIRCRAFT DESIGN ANALYSIS
AIRCRAFT DUCTING
AIRCRAFT INLET DUCTS
AIRLINE WHEELCHAIR
AIRPORT SAFETY AID
ANTI-CORROSION COATING
ANTI-FOG COMPOUND
ARCHEOLOGICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
AUTO DESIGN
AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING SOFTWARE
AVIATION DESIGN SOFTWARE
BEARING FAILURE DETECTION
BICYCLE WHEEL
BREADBOARD FACILITY
CADILLAC SEVILLE USING NASTRAN
CALCULATION SOFTWARE
CERAMIC POWDERS
CLEANER AIR FOR HOME AND OFFICE
COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM
COMPUTER CODE
COMPUTER COMPONENT TESTER
COMPUTER CONSTRUCTION Programs
COMPUTER GAME (MOONBASE)
COMPUTER PROGRAMS (TURBOMACHINERY)
COMPUTER READER FOR THE BLIND (OPTACON)
COMPUTER RELIABILITY
COMPUTER STORAGE DISKS
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY FOR INDUSTRY
COMPUTERIZED ENGINEERING
COMSAT ANTENNA
CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT
CONTROLLABLE MIRROR DEVICES
Cooking Dinner at Home--From the Office
CRUISE MISSILE ENGINES
CURE MONITORING
DESIGN GRAPHICS (www.birdair.com)
DESIGN SOFTWARE
DESIGN TOOL
DRONE CONTROL SYSTEM
EARTH OBSERVATION SERVICES
EATING ON DEMAND
ELECTRIC CAR
ELECTRIC POWER MONITOR
EMISSION TESTING
ENVIRONMENT MONITOR
ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS
ERROR-FREE SOFTWARE
FLAME RESISTANT FOAM
FLOW METER
FOREST DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
FOREST IMAGING
FROM LIFT-OFF TO LIGHT-OFF
FROZEN SMOKE
HEART RATE MONITORS
HEAT FLOW MEASUREMENT
HEAT PIPES FOR ALYESKA
HEAT RESISTANT PAINT
Heating and Cooling Efficiency for Homes
HELICOPTER DESIGN ANALYSIS
HELICOPTER STRAKES
HIGHWAY PROFILING
HOME INSULATION
HUMAN FACTORS MODEL (www.transom.com)
IMPROVING VACUUM CLEANERS
INDUSTRIAL INSPECTION SYSTEM
INDUSTRIAL PUMPS
INDUSTRIAL TAPE
INDUSTRIAL TURBINE FANS
INDUSTRIAL X-RAY IMAGING
INNOVATION FOR POLLUTION CONTROL
INSULATION MATERIALS
INTELLIGENT HIGHWAY SYSTEM
IRRIGATION SYSTEM
JEWELRY DESIGN
LEAK DETECTOR
LIGHT SOURCE
LIGHTWEIGHT JACK
LOG TRUCK WEIGHING SYSTEM
MACHINE TOOL SOFTWARE
MEMORY METALS (MARCHON EYEWEAR)
METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUCTION SOFTWARE
MIRROR TECHNOLOGY
MOBILE PHONE TERMINAL
MOTOR CONTROLLERS
NASA'S SOFTWARE BANK
NETWORK SOFTWARE
NIKON CAMERA
NOISE ABATEMENT
NOISE PROTECTION
NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS FROM SPACE RESEARCH
Ocean View
OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTRUMENT
OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH
OIL EXPLORATION MAPPING
ORTHOPAEDIC FOOTWEAR DESIGN
OTHER INDUSTRIAL AIDS
PACKAGED WASTE TREATMENT
POLLUTION DETECTION DEVICES
POLLUTION MEASURING SYSTEM
PORTABLE COMPUTER*
PORTABLE HOME WELDER
POWER PLANT VALVES
PRESERVING PERISHABLES (DORMAVAC)
PRESSURE ANALYSIS
PRESSURE CONTROLLER
PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SENSOR
PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS
PROTECTIVE COATINGS
PUMP FLOW ANALYSIS
RADIATION INSULATION
RADIATION SENSOR
RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
ROBOTIC SYSTEM
ROTATION MEASUREMENT
SAFER BRIDGES
SATELLITE IMAGERY VIA PERSONAL COMPUTER
SCHEDULING SOFTWARE
SELF ADJUSTING SUNGLASSES
SELF CONTAINED ECOSYSTEMS
SEMINAR SOFTWARE (NETS)
SEWAGE TREATMENT
SHIP DESIGN
SHOCK ABSORBING SYSTEM
SIGNAL PROCESSOR
SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATIONS (DIODE LASER)
SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATIONS (EXOSKELETON)
SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATIONS (METAL HYDRID)
SMALL PARTICLE POLLUTANTS
SMOKE DETECTOR*
SOLAR ENERGY REPORTING
SOLAR HEATED SWIMMING POOL
SOLAR SCHEMATIC
SOLAR WATER HEATER
SPACE DERIVED WATERJETS
SPACE PENS
SPINAL BRACING
SPINOFF FROM A MOON BOOT (DYNACOIL)
SPINOFF FROM A MOON TOOL (DUSTBUSTER)
STUDLESS WINTER TIRES
SUB-OCEAN DRILLING
TECHNOLOGY FOR SMOOTHER TRANSIT
TECHNOLOGY FOR TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
TELEMETRY SYSTEMS
TELESCOPE EQUIPMENT
THE STIRLING PROJECT
THE WATT COUNT SYSTEM
THERMAL INSULATION
TOLL BOOTH PURIFICATION
TOOL CARRIER
TRACE GAS MONITORING
TURBOCHARGED DIESELS
TURFGRASS CONDITIONER
WATER CONDITIONER
WATER FILTERS
WATER FILTRATION PRODUCTS
WATER PURIFICATION
WATER SENSORS
WELDING SENSOR SYSTEM
WINDOW INSULATION
WINDSURFER FIN
WOOD PRODUCTS ANALYSIS
WOODBURNING HEATERS
HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENT ROBOTICS
ULTRASONIC BOLT
VIRTUAL REALITY

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