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Science | Innovation | 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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How has NASA improved solar energy?

Solar energy is an up-and-coming field, but did you know that it owes much of its growth to NASA? Discover how NASA's research and development of solar power for space has trickled down to the Earthly realm.


Space-inspired Innovations: The NASA Inventions Quiz

 Space-inspired Innovations: The NASA Inventions Quiz

NASA has made many inventions for space that the public uses today. Test your knowledge of these creations by taking this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How WISE Works

 How WISE Works

Do you know how WISE works? Learn about its new purpose to look for near-Earth objects like asteroids at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How did NASA change diapers forever?

 How did NASA change diapers forever?

How did NASA change diapers forever? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn how NASA changed diapers forever. See more »

Why did NASA invent the ribbed swimsuit?

 Why did NASA invent the ribbed swimsuit?

Why did NASA invent the ribbed swimsuit? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn why NASA invented the ribbed swimsuit. See more »

How are NASA golf balls different?

 How are NASA golf balls different?

How are NASA golf balls different? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn how NASA golf balls are different from other golf balls. See more »

5 Types of NASA Technology in Your Attic

 5 Types of NASA Technology in Your Attic

There are probably many types of NASA technology in your attic, collecting dust. Visit HowStuffWorks to see 5 types of NASA technology in your attic. See more »

5 Strange Items Developed from NASA Technology

 5 Strange Items Developed from NASA Technology

There have been some strange items developed from NASA technology. Visit HowStuffWorks to see 5 strange items developed from NASA technology. See more »

How has NASA helped improve our air and water?

 How has NASA helped improve our air and water?

How has NASA helped improve our air and water? Visit HowStuffWorks to see how NASA has helped improve our air and water. See more »

Who invented virtual reality technology?

 Who invented virtual reality technology?

Who invented virtual reality technology? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn who invented virtual reality technology. See more »

How did NASA improve baby food?

 How did NASA improve baby food?

How did NASA improve baby food? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn how NASA improved baby food. See more »