Inventions from Outer Space: Everyday Uses for NASA Technology

Inventions from Outer Space: Everyday Uses for NASA Technology

by David Aaron Baker, David Baker
     
 
Scientific American Inventions from Outer Space presents over 60 inventions developed by NASA for use in space - and the ways they are used every day on Earth.

There's a little bit of outer space everywhere on Earth, from the paint on the Golden Gate Bridge (originally developed by NASA to withstand high temperatures on the space shuttle launch pad) to

Overview

Scientific American Inventions from Outer Space presents over 60 inventions developed by NASA for use in space - and the ways they are used every day on Earth.

There's a little bit of outer space everywhere on Earth, from the paint on the Golden Gate Bridge (originally developed by NASA to withstand high temperatures on the space shuttle launch pad) to today's high-tech sneakers (which use technology first developed for space suits) and keyboards used by disabled workers.

These items, plus Dustbuster vacuums, CAT scans, and home water filters, are only some of the world's most familiar consumer products that trace their origins to NASA's space program. This fascinating book describes over 60 inventions and, in color photographs and diagrams, outlines how the space technology was developed and how it is used here on Earth.

  • Full-color illustrations and clear writing offers complete explanations of how inventions are used in everyday objects.
  • Strong Scientific American imprimatur assures quality and appeals to science buffs of all levels.

  • Editorial Reviews

    School Library Journal - School Library Journal
    YA-A fascinating book that succinctly covers products, services, and technology that were developed for NASA's space programs. It is colorfully done, with font changes, photos, and boxes drawing the eye across the two-page spread given to each item. After a brief synopsis of the space program's 40-year history, the book is organized into five categories: health, medicine, and public safety; energy, environment, and resource management; consumer, home, recreation, and art; computer technology and automation; and construction, transportation, and manufacturing technology. Readers learn why each innovation was needed for space travel, such as for protection from temperatures reaching nearly 2900 degrees Fahrenheit. That need led to the development of a ceramic and metal fiber alloy, a technology further advanced through a small business contract with a company in California into thermal products such as mittens, blankets, and insulation material. Exercise machines, infrared satellite imagery used to discover buried ancient civilizations, dolphin protection devices used on fishnets, tap-water purifiers, and even the newest design in exercise sneakers all stem from NASA research. Baker does a fine job of explaining where and why certain products that we often take for granted were created.-Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780375409790
    Publisher:
    Random House Information Group
    Publication date:
    05/01/2000
    Pages:
    128
    Product dimensions:
    9.56(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.64(d)

    Meet the Author

    David Baker worked directly with NASA for 12 years before becoming a consultant to the aerospace and ancillary industries. He is the author of more than 60 books, and lives in England.

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