NASA INVENTIONS

From medical breakthroughs to innovations in golf ball design, many of the inventions developed by NASA for use in space exploration have touched our lives on Earth. In this section, learn about the surprisingly wide variety of NASA inventions.
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5 Types of NASA Technology in Your Attic

Want to see some cool NASA technology? Just look up. No, you don't need a telescope, but you might want to use a ladder. Not only has the space agency sent Americans to the moon, but it helped put some useful gear into your attic, as well.

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  • 5 Green NASA Inventions
    5 Green NASA Inventions

    NASA's technological innovations haven't just gotten us to the moon and beyond -- some have also helped make life a little greener here on Earth. What are five surprisingly grounded technologies spearheaded by NASA? See more »

  • 5 NASA Inventions You Won't Believe
    5 NASA Inventions You Won't Believe

    Since 1958, NASA has had to invent everything it needed to make space missions possible. These five amazing inventions, developed by NASA for use in space, have found some amazing Earth-bound applications. See more »

  • 5 Strange Items Developed from NASA Technology
    5 Strange Items Developed from NASA Technology

    Many commercial products based on NASA research are a part of our everyday lives. Some things, however, are more unusual than others. Check out our list of five strange items developed from NASA technology. See more »

  • 5 Types of NASA Technology in Your Attic
    5 Types of NASA Technology in Your Attic

    Want to see some cool NASA technology? Just look up. No, you don't need a telescope, but you might want to use a ladder. Not only has the space agency sent Americans to the moon, but it helped put some useful gear into your attic, as well. See more »

  • Can NASA predict natural disasters?
    Can NASA predict natural disasters?

    While most folks associate NASA with space exploration, the largest portion of their budget goes to Earth sciences, which includes programs to study earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters. What cutting-edge programs do they have in store? See more »

  • Did NASA create a new adventure sport?
    Did NASA create a new adventure sport?

    We have NASA to thank for all sorts of amazing technological innovations, but sometimes, NASA's research is applied in surprising ways. Read on to discover how one company is taking ordinary skydiving -- and adventure sports -- to a whole new level. See more »

  • How are NASA golf balls different?
    How are NASA golf balls different?

    The golf industry is always trying out new designs to make your shot better -- but how did NASA help improve the golf ball? See more »

  • How did NASA change diapers forever?
    How did NASA change diapers forever?

    Until a certain female NASA mission specialist unwittingly propelled adult diapers into the media spotlight, we never gave this question much thought. How else has the space agency changed the business of elimination? See more »

  • How did NASA change the way we clean up messes?
    How did NASA change the way we clean up messes?

    When you think of NASA, you most likely think of rocket ships, space stations and astronauts. Cleaning up a bowl of spilled Cheerios probably doesn't enter your mind. But the government giant behind the trips to the moon is partially responsible for a popular cleaning tool. See more »

  • How did NASA improve baby food?
    How did NASA improve baby food?

    Engineers and scientists at NASA have come up with dozens of new technologies, inventions and processes for use on Earth. One of them was baby food. So, how did these space-savvy men and women change the formula for formula? See more »

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