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NASA Spinoffs are technologies/ inventions/products that the space program used for missions which have now been adapted for use to benefit populations in their everyday environments. Since 1976 NASA has introduced approximately 50 new inventions each year in their publication "SPINOFF". As of 2018, close to 2,000 products have been featured. Some discoveries used today that originated from NASA'S list of spinoffs include: Search and rescue systems, infrared ear thermometers, 3D food printing, heart pumps for patients waiting for heart transplants, artificial limbs, scratch resistant eye glass lenses, invisible braces, anti-icing devices for air planes, fire resistant materials for buildings, improved upon breathing apparatus for firefighters, memory foam, enriched baby food, cordless vacuum cleaners, water purification systems, solar technologies, computer software, and phone technologies and cameras. To benefit children NASA has introduced the MAMAGOOSE pygama for infants which is an alarm system that sounds if a baby stops breathing and is based on smart suits used to monitor astronauts in the 1990's. NASA spinoff technologies save lives each and every day. Many thanks to all who have brought us these benefits to increase the quality of our lives.
"Perhaps the public doesn't realize some of the side benefits that have accrued from the space program.....perhaps the administration could help point those out in the future.....It is incumbent upon the administration to present an orderly succession of events, that will lead to continued expansion of space research and exploration"
Astronaut/Rear Admiral Alan B. Shepard Jr.
Celebrate these household benefits!
To honor Alan Shepard's vision for everyone in the future, this spinoffs page is designed to increase the public's awareness of some of the benefits the space program provides to the world.
Space Medicine Physician Astronaut Scott Parazynski remembers John Glenn