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Space Spin-offs: Technology Derived from the Space Program

These sites describe materials, technology, and products that were invented as a result of the space program. Items range from body imaging scans to satellite television to the Nerf glider toy. Learn how NASA technology has benefited our everyday lives. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on space exploration.

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This site explains what a spinoff is and also has a spinoff database. Back issues of "Spinoff" are also available.
Read the article and follow the highlighted links to learn how NASA inspired people and companies to create new technologies.
This video talks about spin-offs inspired from NASA projects. (Total Running Time: 15:54) NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.)
This interactive site allows you to see were NASA-inspired technologies are present in your daily life.
This two-page PDF chronicles some of the technologies inspired by NASA that impact our daily lives.
This article discusses the 120-spinoff technologies that came out of the now defunct Space Shuttle program.
Take a look at 10 of the "coolest" NASA spin-offs regularly used on Earth. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This article explores the impact of ending the Space Shuttle program and makes an argument for keeping it going. NOTE: This article includes ads.
This article discusses the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill that is currently being used in physical therapy to advance patient rehabilitation.
From toys to artificial hearts, technology developed for space shuttle flights has also benefited those of us still on earth. Click on the images to read the articles.
Click on the "Technology at Home" link to open the Shockwave timeline. Use the slider to see what technology was available in different eras.
This student-created site has a list of items that are spinoffs from the space program.
These sites are about space exploration and the various technologies that have made this possible. Learn about satellites and spacecrafts. See photographs and videos of various launches and space explorations. Also, tune into real time images of the Kennedy Space Center.

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