Happy 60th Birthday, NASA!

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1958 after Congress passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958. 

For 60 years, NASA’s mission to further knowledge of our home planet and the search for life on other worlds is a source of pride for us all. From Apollo 13’s journey to the Moon to Pioneer 10’s flight to Jupiter, NASA employees’ expertise, passion, and dedication have helped us reach the stars. For them, the sky is literally not the limit. 

Our union is proud to represent NASA employees at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Marshall Space Center, Ala., Langley Research Center and Wallops Island, Va., and Johnson Space Center, Texas. 

NASA’s impact on our everyday lives 

Even though NASA is a space exploration agency, technologies developed for space actually benefit our daily life in so many ways. Here are a few examples of everyday products born out of space technologies that benefit all of us: 

  • Firefighter gear 
  • LED lights 
  • Artificial limbs 
  • Anti-icing systems 
  • Infrared Ear Thermometers 
  • Heart pumps for patients awaiting heart transplants 
  • Highway/airport safety grooving 
  • Video Enhancing and Analysis Systems 
  • Memory foam 
  • Portable Cordless Vacuums 
  • Enhanced baby food 
  • Freeze Drying Technology 
  • Refrigerated Internet-Connected Wall Ovens 
  • Water purification devices 
  • Real-time weather visualization and forecasting 
  • Powdered Lubricants 
  • Better food safety system 
  • Scratch Resistant Lenses 

Isn’t NASA amazing?  

For the full list of NASA spinoff products, click here

 


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