1. Freeze Drying
Nestlé developed this long-life food method for NASA back when early astronauts survived on raw meats in tubes. Grub is cooked, frozen rapidly then re-heated slowly in a vacuum machine chamber to get rid of ice crystals, with the end matter maintaining 98 per cent of its vitamins but weighing far less. At present, of course, astronauts chow on fresh fruit and beef jerky, so the freeze drying baton has been taken up by wannabe Hestons attempting to deconstruct their apple crumbles for the beginning week of MasterChef.
2. Gaming Joysticks
Invented back in the 1920s, stick-centred control was originally used to maneuver jets. However, when NASA launched the Apollo missions in the ’60s it installed developed, Spectrum-style sticks for handling the safe landing of lunar models. The instructions guide without a doubt suggested jet pilots to wiggle the stick intensely while at the same time pressing on A and B as quickly as possible.
It was NASA technician Eugene Lally who invented precisely how photosensors convert light into electrical charges, in change generating images. Along with around 300 millions images published to Social networks daily, mostly all of them of plates of food or kitties, he no doubt feels pleased of how we have appreciated his discovery.
4. Portable Vacuum
For the first Apollo space mission, NASA demanded a mobile, self-contained power drill to gather core samples from beneath the lunar surface. Who did it call? Man-tech stalwart Black & Decker. The unusual hook-up led to the production of the Back To The Future Part II-starring Dustbuster, a self-contained vacuum gun that retrieves biscuit samples from under the sofa’s surface.
5. Water Purification
In one of many Red Dwarf prophecies, our friends at NASA spent the Noughties making a system that converts waste water from human’s sweat and urine into drinkable mineral water. The purpose was not just to help man survive out in the reaches of space, but to supply safe drinking water for developing countries. A truly noble cause, though we are grateful we were not on the purity-testing team.
6. Golf balls
can not smack a Titleist more than two feet from the ground? Golf tee shots resemble Sandra Bullock rotating chaotically into the abyss? Well, you can not blame the golf balls, as the centres in fact contain fluid developed by NASA to make them deadly accurate. While Wilson Sporting Goods was establishing its brand new generation of golf ball in 1995 it turned to the intergalactic outfit’s engineering professionals and the now popular oxygen/hydrogen “slosh control” was born.
7. Mylar blankets
If you have ever run in a race of any distance, you will have jogged past someone lying on the floor wrapped in a blankets. Well, NASA created these warming blanket in 1964, their slim layer of plastic-made coated with a metallic reflecting agent that returns 97 per cent of radiated warmth back to the tinfoil-covered wearer.
8. Solar Energy Power
Despite being created years before, it was the 1950s’ satellite explosion that first thrust solar cells into the public attentive, expanding space missions with their Sun-harnessing power. Under Britain’s continual cloud cover, of course, their impacts are slightly reduced, allowing you to recharge your mobile device by three per cent in 12 hours on a bright and sunny day.
Skin-hugging sport firm Speedo worked with NASA on its second skin-like LZR racing Suit, utilizing the space know-all’s fluid flow analysis applications and wind tunnel experiment. Three world records were broken by swimmers dressed in it within a week of its 2008 launch, with pool king Michael Phelps saying the product made him “feel like a rocket”. Rumours that NASA also assisted technician Phelps are still unsubstantiated.
10. Memory foam
While experimenting with seat padding to enhance collision protection for air travelers, NASA’s Ames Investigation Center introduced a material that moulds to your body’s shapes. Cue distressing, murder scene chalk outline-style indentations in bed mattresses the world over.