NASA's Contribution to Technological Advances on Earth Essay

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NASA's Contribution to Technological Advances on Earth

Abstract

NASA is more than just a space administration; it shows itself everyday in the world although at first it might not be apparent. There are not many people that know the variety of what it has brought to everyday life. NASA is not limited to just aerospace technology. The three main fields of development have been medical, environmental and consumer products. Each field is equally important to technological development. NASA’s space exploration is essential for the advancement of technology on Earth.

History

On October 1, 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created. It was the day of beginning a rich history of unique
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Their earth science efforts have also literally changed the way Earth is looked at; the Landsat and Earth Observing System spacecraft have contributed many important scientific findings. The technology has also resulted in numerous "spin-offs" in wide-ranging scientific, technical, and commercial fields. Overall, while the tremendous technical and scientific accomplishments of NASA demonstrate vividly that humans can achieve previously inconceivable feats, it is hard to believe that Earth is just a tiny "blue marble" in the cosmos (Launius & Garber, 2001).

Medical

"People think it’s only aerospace technology, but [NASA has] medical as well," said S. Garry Miller (Dekok, 2002).

Many health applications originate in the imaginations of NASA engineers, technicians, or scientists. After the applications are designed many times commercial health-care organizations take over the distribution of the work. The inventions NASA has given to the medical industry have helped millions of lives each and every day. The inventions come in many shapes and sizes. One of them is a miniature internal heart pump. This device is based on technology used in Space Shuttle fuel pumps. As Brian McDonough’s article points out NASA's commercial invention of the year is a miniature ventricular-assist device (VAD). It is intended as a long-term "bridge" to a heart transplant

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