Space flight problems NASA solved led to every day benefits
Next time your doctor recommends an MRI, look toward the moon and thank NASA.
“The sonic imagery needed to find just the right place to land on the moon 50 years ago led to the modern MRI,” said Dr. Stephen Feldman. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan often critical to medical diagnosis is now a common procedure.
Nobody gets lost anymore thanks to NASA. The global positioning system or GPS—now an app used every day to find a business or residence—evolved from NASA research.
“There’s a list of 2,000 benefits directly related to the NASA space program,” said Feldman. Some are simple and used every day. Scratch-free lenses are a good example. When NASA started planning space walks their scientists saw the need for sturdy, reliable lenses to protect the astronauts from micrometeoroids and dangerous space debris cracking the visors on their helmets.
When NASA develops new products for the space program, the technologies or discoveries that made these products possible are licensed to U.S. businesses for the benefit of the public. Feldman will discuss 20 of the most important products that have improved the lives of Americans at his Expert Series presentation set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 10 at the Mountains Grille in the Clubhouse at Lake Sconti.
Feldman was named president and CEO of The Astronauts Memorial Foundation on March 1, 1999; he retired on August 31, 2012.