The branch of technology and industry concerned with both aviation and space flight
The space flight which succeeded in landing the first humans on the Moon: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Michael Collins remained in orbit.
The United States’ third human space flight program, dedicated to sending man to the Moon.
The detachable control compartment of a manned spacecraft
A small craft used for travelling between the Moon’s surface and an orbiting spacecraft formally known as lunar excursion module.
|Product||Invented by NASA?||Used in Apollo Program?||More information|
|Compression chambers in athletic footwear1||Yes||Yes||Invented for Avia by Alexander Gross, who worked on the design of the Moon landing space suits.|
|The motor of the Dustbuster2||Yes||Yes||Invented by Black & Decker, using the same computer program they developed to design Apollo Lunar Surface Drill’s motor.|
|Space blankets3||Yes||Yes||Spinoff of the reflective material used on Apollo lunar landing vehicles to control temperatures.|
|Fire-proof materials4||Yes||Yes||Developed by Celanese Corporation to better protect astronauts from heat and fire.|
|Seismic shock absorbers5||Yes||Yes||Invented by Taylor Device Inc., who worked with NASA to design dampers for rocket launch towers.|
|LASIK (laser eye surgery)6||Yes||No||Spinoff of laser technology developed in the 1980s to help space vehicle docking.|
|Memory foam7||Yes||No||Was actually invented for airline travel rather than space travel.|
|Invisible braces8||Yes||No||Spinoff of research into materials for missile launchers.|
|Scratch-resistant lenses9||Yes||No||Developed in the 1970s using abrasion-resistant coating technology from NASA.|
|CMOS sensors used in phone and GoPro cameras10||Yes||No||Invented by Eric Fossum in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab during the 1990s.|
|Velcro11||Myth||Yes||Invented by a Swiss engineer in the 1940s, but used during Apollo missions.|
|MRIs11||Myth||No||Not invented by NASA, but the agency did help advance the technology over the years.|
|Barcodes11||Myth||No||Not invented by NASA; however, the agency did create a special type of barcode for use in space shuttle inventories.|
|Tang11||Myth||Yes||Invented by General Foods, but popularised by NASA after its use during early manned spaceflights.|
|Cordless power tools11||Myth||Yes||Originally invented by Black & Decker before the company worked with NASA to design new cordless power tools for space.|
|Solar panels11||Myth||Yes||Not originally invented by NASA but used in many space missions; the agency has also helped advance solar technology.|
|Quartz clocks11||Myth||Yes||Originally invented in the 1920s, but a highly accurate quartz clock was developed through a NASA partnership in the 1960s.|
|Smoke detectors11||Myth||No||Not originally invented by NASA, but the agency developed a specific type for use in the Skylab (Apollo’s successor)|
|Teflon 11||Myth||Yes||Originally invented by DuPont, but used by NASA in space suits, heat shields and cargo hold lining.|
|Space pen12||Myth||Yes||Invented by Fisher Pen Co., independently of NASA (who then bought the Fisher Space Pen for Apollo astronauts).|
|Vacuum-sealed food13||Myth||Yes||Not originally invented by NASA, but used in Apollo missions.|
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