NASA has launched a new interactive website, which allows users to explore the earth’s everyday life. The website is dubbed as NASA Home and City, which features about 130 spin-off technologies in a virtual space. The website depicts common items that the NASA inspired or helped improve the Earth.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, said, “From GPS to airplanes, from baby formula to the camera in your phone, NASA technology is all around you!”
NASA Spinoffs helping day-to-day life on Earth
In a statement NASA stated, the website highlights only a small sample of NASA spin-off and dual-purpose technologies. The spinoffs comprise the water filtration systems originally designed to purify water for the Apollo astronauts. Additionally, the silver ion technology purifies water and inhibits bacterial growth in filtering units. Today, manufacturers use this combined technology to create home-use water filtering systems, which helps not only purify and soften the water but also remove undesirable odor and tastes.
Wind turbine, designed for Mars, where access to solar power is scarce, are widely observed generating power all over the world. Another keepsake from NASA’s commercial technologies is Teflon-made space suit which is a similar fabric is used in fire-fighter gear.
In the 1990s, a NASA engineer built a new kind of image sensor, which requires very low power and is highly useful for digital and cell phone cameras on Earth.
Jim Reuter, Acting Associate Administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate said, “Our space technology continues to improve life on Earth,” he added, “NASA Home & City is a place of discovery for people, and especially students, who have ever wondered why space exploration should matter to them?”
NASA InSight to land on Mars soon
InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a robotic lander designed to study the interior of the planet Mars. It seeks to answer one of science’s most fundamental questions: How did the terrestrial planets form?
The mission launched on 5th May, 2018 and is been scheduled to land on Mars by 26 November 2018. It will also perform a radio science experiment to study the internal structure of Mars.