Top 10 Surprising Things NASA Helped Invent — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Surprising Things NASA Helped Invent — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Surprising Things NASA Helped Invent 10. Sunglasses It seems hard to believe that something as
big a fashion statement as sunglasses could have NASA scientists behind it, but there’s
a very logical reason for this. Many workers at NASA are frequently exposed to damaging
light, which would severely affect their vision in the long run. And not just the ones that
go into space, mind you — the scientists who send them up there are the ones in the
most danger. Those on the ground are frequently exposed to powerful flashes, lasers, welding
flares and so on. Over time, this can be very detrimental to
their health, and so NASA developed something to protect their vision. They learnt that
raptors (the bird, not the dinosaur) have a special oil in their eye that protects them
from harmful wavelengths, and mimicked this by using dyes and zinc oxide, which filters
out damaging UV light. After they had created the technology for their staff, they used
it to develop sunglasses to protect the rest of the world from the sun’s harmful rays. 9. Water Purification More and more people these days have water
purifiers in their kitchens. And they may be necessary, depending on where you live.
If you happen to live in the International Space Station, water purification is imperative.
Previously, it could cost up to $60 million just to get water up to the International
Space Station but, seeing as water is a necessity for life, it was a cost that had to be endured. But now, thanks to a new process known as
forward osmosis, 93% of all water on the space station is recycled (including bodily fluids.)
This has doubled the amount of water available in the station, and cut the amount of trips
required to deliver new water by over half. If the scientists up there are willing to
wait twice as long for new water by drinking their own pee, it must be a pretty fantastic
filter. 8. Cordless Tools This may not seem like a totally revolutionary
advancement, but there’s a lot more science behind cordless tools than we realize. Electric
tools used to consume a lot more energy than they do now, so when scientists wanted to
take samples from below the surface of the Moon, they needed to create small, powerful
and efficient tools that the astronauts could carry. So NASA worked with Black and Decker to create
energy-efficient battery-operated tools for astronauts, which then went on to be used
by the rest of us down here on Earth. Not only are cordless tools less cumbersome and
safer, but they paved the way for other battery-operated technology, meaning we don’t have to walk
around with iPads plugged into the wall. 7. Better Baby Food This is probably the most surprising item
on the list. Has NASA got some sort of secret astrobabies project? Unfortunately, the hilarious
reality of tiny spacesuits is still a good bit away. Still, it makes sense that NASA
would want to come up with easy to transport, nutrient-rich food. Only that’s not what they were doing. They
were actually trying to come up with ways to create oxygen by photosynthesizing algae,
when they realized that they algae had Docosahexaenoic and Arachidonic acid, both found in breast
milk. They were fine-tuned, and eventually added to baby food all over the world, greatly
improving the health of children everywhere. 6. An Improved Game of Golf Given that golf is the only sport that has
been played on the Moon, it makes a bit of sense that NASA was more than happy to work
in conjunction with golfers to improve both their worlds. NASA allowed a golfer from the
Ben Hogan golf company to hit a ball in front of their rapid-capture cameras, which allowed
engineers from Ben Hogan to analyze the ball’s movements and tailor their next ball to suit
them. Furthermore, NASA needed a metal that would
easily repair damage from space debris. To do this, they created a metal that reverts
to its original shape after a little heat is applied. This development led to golf clubs
that flex ever-so-slightly when swung, but this slight bending is enough to give the
golfer much more control over their swing. 5. Modern Firefighter Suits Astronauts have to deal with some pretty extreme
conditions in space, and so require a lot of protection. In 1997, two firefighters approached
NASA scientists and asked if there was any way they could figure out how to improve their
gear. Heat is the biggest danger posed to firefighters (even the heat generated inside
the suit,) but unclean air is a close second. They reasoned that if suits used by astronauts
could protect them, there must be something they could do to help firefighters. And they were right. NASA worked with the
firefighters to create the Supercitical Air Mobility Pack. This small device cools both
the firefighter and the air they breathe, and also cleans the air for them, and has
become widespread since the early 2000’s. 4. Freeze Dried Food While not exactly the shining image of healthy
eating, freeze dried food can be very important for many people’s survival. While it may
now be used mostly for frozen dinners, freeze dried food is an essential part of living
for people like backpackers, submarine workers and, of course, astronauts. NASA worked with Oregon Freeze Dry Inc. in
the 1960’s, and together they developed a way to freeze dry foods that, after a simple
injection of water, would become edible. This allowed food to be packed more efficiently
and last longer, benefiting anyone who needs to take food on a long journey, be it on Earth
or beyond. 3. Camera Phones As if it wasn’t enough that NASA helped
develop technology that could function without a plug-in power source, they also likely helped
develop the camera for the phone you carry with you everywhere. It was a scientist in 1965 named Eugene Lally
from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (the same guys who helped make sunglasses) who
came up with the sensor that collects photons and turns them into electrons. The resulting
electrical signal is converted into a picture, giving us digital photography. Tiny, durable,
high-quality cameras were crucial to conducting research in space, and Lally had completely
revolutionized the way we take photos (he also came up with the word pixel.) The already-small device only grew smaller
with time, and from the ’90s onwards, they were marketed to the general public, inevitably
working their way into phones. So once again, we took one of the biggest scientific advancements
in recent history, and used it for ridiculously trivial purposes, like uploading pictures
to Instagram and lowering their quality. It’s estimated that about 1/3 camera phones use
the technology developed by NASA. 2. Virtual Reality Helmets Virtual reality is one of those advancements
that has moved slowly, and has yet to really take off in a mainstream way. Only a few years
ago, we all thought we’d soon be sitting in the middle of our favorite sitcoms, or
wearing a cool helmet to play video games. While this isn’t the case, VR can still
be fun in places like Disney World, or those “4D” theaters we’ve probably all been
to once and never again. While virtual reality had been used to train
pilots in flight simulators as early as the 1930’s, it was a NASA scientist who developed
the helmets in 1985. These helmets were not only fitted with small screens, but were also
linked to a computer that could track the movements of the wearer’s head, so the images
reflected where they would be looking in a real environment. This was a great step forward
for the technology, and was used in training. It was so good in fact, it is currently being
used to train people in CPR, as it turns out they learn faster that way. This is because
there’s a faded image on their VR screens of an instructor doing the CPR correctly,
and the trainee simply has to line up with what the instructor does. 1. Shoe Insoles Aerogel is a substance developed by the company
Aspen Aerogel Inc., and is a very strange substance indeed. It’s a lightweight material
that’s been likened to sponge or Styrofoam. And while it shares many characteristics with
them, if dropped, it sounds like glass. It’s also one of the greatest insulators
we have on the planet. In one demonstration, crayons were placed on a thin piece of aerogel
and a blow torch was lit on the other side. The crayons were completely unharmed. Now
as you can imagine, firing a giant rocket full of people out of the atmosphere can get
a bit hot, so NASA stepped in and helped to develop this product further than Aspen Aerogel
had already. The result was the aerogel that we have today
and, apart from using it on spacecraft, it has been sold as insulation, carpet, medical
bands, and insoles for shoes. It may seem trivial, but aerogel’s sponginess takes
a shocking amount of pressure of your feet and legs, enabling you to move around for
much longer periods of time pain-free.

37 thoughts on “Top 10 Surprising Things NASA Helped Invent — TopTenzNet

  1. loved the video!

    I actually learned a lot from this video and that made this video ten times better

    keep up the great work

  2. Nasa didn't create sun glasses the Chinese did and also another point they where used in ww1 and 2 so NASA couldn't have

  3. Nasa did not invent sunglasses which the modern ones where invented in the early 1900's but what they did do is invent a certain lens that helps block the harmful rays to not damage their eye's of astronaut's.

  4. The first sunglasses were invented in 12th century China.

  5. What about intigrated circuits? True, NASA didn't invent them, but the development they funded lead directly to th chips we have today.

  6. and video fakery also they are top at fooling the gullible we have been to the moon, iss,satellites etc. all BS

  7. Number four is also false

    Modern freeze-drying was developed during WWII. Blood serum being sent to Europe from the US for medical treatment of the wounded required refrigeration, but because of the lack of simultaneous refrigeration and transport, many serum supplies were spoiling before reaching their intended recipients. The freeze-drying process was developed as a commercial technique that enabled serum to be rendered chemically stable and viable without having to be refrigerated. Shortly thereafter, the freeze-dry process was applied to penicillin and bone, and lyophilization became recognized as an important technique for preservation of biologicals. Since that time, freeze-drying has been used as a preservation or processing technique for a wide variety of products. These applications include the following but are not limited to: the processing of food,[1] pharmaceuticals,[2] and diagnostic kits; the restoration of water damaged documents;[3] the preparation of river-bottom sludge for hydrocarbon analysis; the manufacturing of ceramics used in the semiconductor industry; the production of synthetic skin; the manufacture of sulfur-coated vials; and the restoration of historic/reclaimed boat hulls.

  8. +10 for purified water, cordless tools and more nutritious baby food, but -1,000,000,000 for making it possible for self-absorbed people to take all those ridiculous selfies…

  9. What about spherographic pen? I heard this as a joke and quite sure its only a joke but would be great if it was true… that NASA invested a lot o money to develop the pen so they could write in zero g and at the same time the russians used a pencil.

  10. They also made a real life pip-boy that tracks your health and the weather.. ( pip boys are from the game series fallout)

  11. This is a very short list and perhaps some of the things were missed titled. For example its true that sunglasses were invented in the 1200's in China, NASA developed the UV Screening substance that made sunglasses much safer in many high UV environments and glasses that can protect against high energy LASER's. And NASA developed the high capacity light weight batteries for use in modern cordless tools and things like cell phones.

  12. Rofl LMAO. What about the microchip? And the solar cell? Both made by NASSER…… Or over here known as NASA

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