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 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?


How WISE Works

How WISE Works

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How did NASA change diapers forever?

How did NASA change diapers forever?

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Why did NASA invent the ribbed swimsuit?

Why did NASA invent the ribbed swimsuit?

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How are NASA golf balls different?

How are NASA golf balls different?

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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?

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Who invented virtual reality technology?

Who invented virtual reality technology?

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How did NASA improve baby food?

How did NASA improve baby food?

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How have NASA space helmets changed optics?

How have NASA space helmets changed optics?

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