Which product now found in airplanes, cars and amusement park rides did NASA scientists invent in the 1970s?
In the 1970s, NASA scientists Charles Yost and Chuck Kubokawa invented temper foam for cushioning and crash protection in spacecraft. Temper foam was released to the public domain in the early 1980s and is now used in a variety of products.
Which household product was the result of a NASA-sponsored project for the Apollo program?
restroom hand dryers
portable cordless vacuums
Portable cordless vacuums were the direct result of a software program developed by Black & Decker for the Apollo program. The software was developed to maximize the efficiency of a cordless drill used to collect core samples from the surface of the moon.
PRP is a commercially available product that uses NASA-developed technology to remove petroleum pollutants from water. What does PRP stand for?
Petroleum Recycling Pellets
Petroleum Remediation Product
Petroleum Remediation Product uses microencapsulating technology to remove petroleum pollutants from water. The PRPs are tiny hollow balls of beeswax that absorb petroleum while floating on the surface of a body of water.
Which NASA-inspired sports equipment helped win a majority of medals at the 2008 Olympics before being banned from competition?
aerodynamic cycling helmets
lightweight running shoes
Ribbed swimsuits designed by Speedo used NASA technology that helped swimmers wearing the suits at the 2008 Beijing Olympics win 98 percent of all available swimming medals. A short time after the Beijing Olympics, the suits were banned from competition.
What feature of eyeglasses is the result of a NASA invention?
NASA worked with the Foster Grant company to develop a scratch-resistant coating to protect sensitive equipment like astronaut helmet visors. The coating was later made available for use on eyeglasses.
The development of single-crystal silicon solar cells was the result of which NASA program?
Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment
Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology
The NASA Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology program led to the development of single-crystal silicon solar cells. The advanced solar cells are now commercially available and provide up to 50 percent more power than traditional solar cells.
Which computerized process now used in the medical field was invented by NASA for the Apollo lunar landing program?
digital image processing
NASA invented digital image processing for the enhancement of lunar surface photography during the Apollo program. The process was then used to enhance existing computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging technology.
A collaboration between NASA, leading cardiac surgeons and MicroMed Technology Inc. resulted in the creation of a lifesaving device called VAD, which stands for what?
variable ambulatory defibrillator
ventricular assist device
The MicroMed DeBakey ventricular assist device, or VAD, was developed with the help of NASA. The device keeps cardiac patients alive by pumping blood through the body until a heart transplant can be performed.