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NASA Home and City Highlights Space Technology Spinoffs

NASA studies our planet, sun, solar system and beyond, but America’s space program is closer to home than you may think. You can find thousands of NASA-influenced technologies right in your backyard. NASA’s new interactive website lets users explore how NASA appears in everyday life.

NASA Home & City features about 130 spinoff technologies in a virtual space, allowing users to tour buildings and rooms to discover common items that NASA inspired or improved. These spinoffs are commercial products that apply NASA technology that was originally developed for studying and exploring space.

"Our space technology continues to improve life on Earth,” said Jim Reuter, the acting associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. "NASA Home & City is a place of discovery for people, and especially students, who have ever wondered why space exploration should matter to them.”

The new website showcases only a small sample of NASA spinoff and dual-purpose technologies. Here are a few innovations featured on NASA Home & City that may surprise many people.

  • Water filtration systems that date back to the Apollo era
  • Durable wind turbines that were originally designed with Mars in mind
  • NASA spacesuits and firefighter gear that use a similar, highly durable fabric
  • The camera in your cell phone, originally developed as a NASA technology
  • A NASA-designed filter now featured in snow goggles that helps skiers and snowboarders see better when on the slopes

NASA’s collaboration with commercial companies has helped bring space technology back to Earth for over 50 years. To explore more NASA spinoff technologies in your home and city, visit: www.homeandcity.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NASA’s current space technology projects and missions, visit: www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

This original NASA press release can be found on the NASA website, here: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/new_interactive_website_homeandcity.


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