10 NASA inventions you might use every day

Since its official creation in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has worked to extend our knowledge about the last great frontier. From the beginning, NASA’s purpose extended beyond space ships and moon boots. The law signed at its creation mandated that its research and advancements should benefit all people, and in its 50-year history, NASA has certainly fulfilled that role.
Thanks to partnerships with various research teams and companies, NASA continues to spawn a vast array of new technologies and products that have improved our daily lives. Each year since 1976, NASA has published a list in its journal called “Spinoff” of every commercialized technology and product linked to its research. Even if you didn’t realize it, chances are you’ve used one of the products featured in your everyday life. For example:
  • Teenagers everywhere can thank NASA for inventing the material that makes those invisible braces invisible.
  • NASA's moon boots were one small step for man and one giant leap for the athletic shoe.
  • The ability to carry on long-distance telephone conversations did not happen overnight, but you can partially thank NASA inventions over decades for the ability to call someone in Beijing from Boston.
Full list at HowStuffWorks.com.